Pundit: This defender was dodgy after Liverpool transfer but is back to his best now
Matt Le Tissier reflects on Dejan Lovren's career at Liverpool so far after quitting Southampton in 2014
Dejan Lovren has recovered from a dodgy start to his Liverpool career to finally replicate his Southampton performances in Jurgen Klopp’s side, according to Matt Le Tissier.
The Croatia international was rated as one of the Premier League’s best defenders following an excellent debut campaign in the 2013-14 season after his move to Southampton from Lyon.
Lovren scored two goals in 31 games in the Premier League as the Croatian formed an impressive centre-half partnership alongside Southampton captain Jose Fonte in the 2013-14 campaign.
Brendan Rodgers signed Lovren in a £20m deal from the Saints in the 2014 summer transfer window as the Northern Irishman looked to bolster his defence following Jamie Carragher’s retirement in 2013.
The 27-year-old struggled in his first 18 months under Rodgers before the appointment of Jurgen Klopp triggered an improvement from the Croatian defender.
Lovren has since established himself as a first-choice defender in the Liverpool side alongside Joel Matip.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Le Tissier delivered his verdict on Lovren:
“It was a dodgy first season at Liverpool for Lovren, that’s for sure, and he took a while to win over the fans, but I think he’s finally got there and is showing the form he did at Southampton,” Le Tissier told Sky Sports.
“However, we did pretty well in terms of replacing him with Toby Alderweireld and Virgil van Dijk at the time, two of the best centre-backs in the Premier League.”