By 90Min
February 25, 2018

Liverpool fans have given their backing to much-maligned centre-back Dejan Lovren, urging manager Jurgen Klopp to select the Croatian ahead of Joel Matip for Liverpool's next match.

Liverpool won 4-1 against West Ham on Saturday but Reds fans took issue with the performance of Matip, who looked occasionally shaky in defence alongside the impressive Virgil van Dijk.

Amidst a sea of praise for Liverpool's attacking dynamism, there were a number of dissenting voices calling for Matip to be replaced by Lovren next weekend.

Van Dijk has quickly established himself as Liverpool's first-choice centre-back since moving to Anfield from Southampton for £75m last month. Matip has started alongside Van Dijk five times; Lovren twice.

By far Liverpool's worst defensive performance during that time was against West Brom in the FA Cup, where Matip and Van Dijk conceded three goals in the first half against the Premier League's bottom club.

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Matip was also brought on against Tottenham with Liverpool winning 1-0, whereupon Tottenham scored twice in the last ten minutes to salvage a draw.

Lovren has often been the target of criticism from Liverpool supporters and neutrals alike, with Dennis Wise claiming last week that he and goalkeeper Loris Karius were the two players who could stand between Liverpool and silverware.

But he impressed alongside Van Dijk in the Champions League last week as Liverpool won 5-0 in Portugal against Porto.


Whatever defensive issues Liverpool may have, they are flying at the moment, with only one defeat in their last nineteen Premier League matches. Front three Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have 66 goals between them this season.

Liverpool welcome former manager Rafa Benitez back to Anfield next weekend as they host Newcastle, before the return leg against Porto on Tuesday week.

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