Liverpool opinion: Klopp should let go of Dejan Lovren
The Croatian international joined the Reds under Brendan Rodgers after impressing during his time at Southampton under Mauricio Pochettino.
Lovren was often criticized heavily for his performances during his earlier years at Liverpool under Rodgers and Jürgen Klopp but has had a redemption of sorts in recent years.
The £90,000-a-week star was a big part of the squad that made the Champions League final last year and was also a part of the Croatian national team that made it to the World Cup final. In fairness, Lovren has always performed admirably for his national side.
Lovren is a very aggressive defender, who likes to mark his man tightly and get stuck in by putting in challenges and tackles. This often leaves a lot of space for the opposition to capitalize on, hence, it is important that Lovren communicates well with his centre-back partner.
There was a marked improvement in Lovren’s performances since the addition of Virgil van Dijk in the Liverpool line-up. Van Dijk is a defender in the mould of the likes of Paulo Maldini and Rio Ferdinand due to their limited use of tackles, using their reading of the game to sweep up danger before it occurs.
Lovren often starts when he is fit but it’s been a little different lately. Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have been just as good when relied upon. Gomez started most games at the start of the year and Matip ended up playing most of the games towards the end of the year.
Gomez’s pace and composure on the ball and Matip’s height and ability to drive from defence to midfield have possibly worked even better alongside Virgil van Dijk.
Hence, it might seem that Lovren has become surplus to requirements recently and it may be time for Lovren to look for a new challenge. AC Milan are looking to bounce back and see Lovren as a great partner for captain, Alessio Romagnoli.
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Jürgen Klopp will be looking to continue the good work from the season that just passed and add some fresh faces to continue keeping the squad motivated to defend their Champions League title and possibly win that elusive Premier League title.