Dejan Lovren: From Anfield with Love(ren)

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Earlier today news broke that Dejan Lovren has signed a new contract at Liverpool that’ll keep him at Anfield until 2021, making him the “happiest guy” and that “another dream has come true”

Lovren has formed a formidable partnership with Joel Matip this season, as the loss to Crystal Palace last Sunday is the only time Liverpool have lost when both of these centre-backs have started, after thirteen games unbeaten.

The key to their successful partnership is that they speak German to each other when defending as they are both fluent and it means opposition players can’t understand them.

Criticised by pundits and fans in his first season after the £20m move from Southampton in 2014; Lovren has admitted his first season wasn’t his best, saying “in the last two seasons I think I’ve done better than the first season”.

With Skrtel, Toure and Sakho his centre-back competition, Lovren also found it hard to get game time and it took time for the Anfield faithful to appreciate him.

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Since Klopp’s arrival, Lovren has grown as a player, scoring more goals, creating over three times as many chances and making four less defensive errors in just one less game this year compared to his first.

Lovren greatest success at Liverpool has to be his 91st minute goal against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League last season, which sent Anfield into pandemonium and through to the semi-finals.

Klopp publicly protected Lovren last August, as the German refused to answer The Sun’s questions because they were planning on running a story claiming Lovren’s personal life was falling apart.

The contract comes soon after Liverpool have been heavily linked with Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, with The Reds ready to spend a club-record £50m.

Lovren looks set to start against Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday night, where Liverpool need a vital three points to try keep up the fight for Champions League football.

#YNWA

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References:

http://www.squawka.com/players/dejan-lovren/stats#avg.-pass-accuracy#liverpool#english-barclays-premier-league#8#season-2016/2017#641#all-matches#1-34#accuracy

https://www.whoscored.com/Players/29106/Show/Dejan-Lovren

http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/dejan-lovren/profil/spieler/37838

http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/261719-lovren-i-want-to-be-remembered-as-someone-who-gave-his-all-for-lfc

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/joel-matip-dejan-lovren-partnership-12907156

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