‘But some people don’t care about that Dejan. They’re just searching for the next mistake.’
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has today hit out at his critics, claiming that he ‘doesn’t deserve’ much of the flack that comes his way.
Croatian stopper Lovren arrived at Anfield from fellow Premier League outfit Southampton in 2014, since enjoying a difficult spell on Merseyside.
The 28-year-old has built a reputation for making high-profile mistakes at crucial moments over recent seasons, a trait which has seen both the media and large sections of Liverpool’s fans turn on the stopper.
Though he has displayed signs of improvement over stretches this campaign, many are still of the opinion that Lovren needs to be replaced if Jurgen Klopp’s men are to challenge for top honours over the coming seasons.
‘Don’t deserve that’
One man who certainly doesn’t seem to be of such an opinion, though, is Lovren himself, who, during an in-depth interview with the Times earlier today, hit out at his detractors in passionate fashion:
‘Everyone makes mistakes, but I play one bad game in 18 and everyone says, ‘Look, look, look.’ Why? I don’t deserve that.’ People don’t see me in the ‘small’ games. They see 5-0 against Porto but nobody sees my part.’
‘It’s a challenge. A personality challenge. After a mistake, are you ready to move on? I did it straightaway after Spurs when I was in that record of 18 games unbeaten. Big players don’t need six or seven games; big players in the next game prove you wrong.’
Lovren also discussed the influence of manager Jurgen Klopp on his confidence, hailing the German for ‘believing’ in him:
‘You know maybe, it’s sometimes just that my self-confidence disappears in some moments. And he [manager Jurgen Klopp] believes in me, you know? And I believe in him.’
‘Sometimes, I’m a person who thinks ‘Ah, I’m really good.’ But other times I think, ‘Ah, I did that. I’m not good enough.’
‘He says always be level, but it’s difficult. You have sometimes self-confidence, sometimes not; sometimes good moods, sometimes not.’