Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has jumped into Dejav Lovren’s defence after his display against Watford in the weekend draw criticism from the club fans.
Watford captain Troy Deeney, who scored the final goal in Watford's 3-0 win at Vicarage Road, fueled the debate after he claimed after the game that they had targeted Lovren as 'the easier' option to attack but Klopp defended his player ahead of their FA Cup game against Chelsea on Tuesday.
“It’s not fair, but that’s the world-if anybody gave Dejan Lovren the blame for our defeat then I can’t help these people.
“A lot of times in my life I speak to people and they know less than I do about football, that’s okay as I’m a well-paid Premier League manager and I should know more than most people. But on that level, I can’t discuss it. You have to see the situations.
“Yes, it was a massive challenge for Dejan to play against Troy Deeney. So many other centre-halves in the world would struggle in these specific situations. Joe (Gomez) had problems in similar situations before that. Probably everybody gets it in these situations, that’s how it is.
“But losing the first ball is never the problem in these situations because Troy cannot score from there when he picks up the balls from (Ben) Foster or whoever. It’s all about the formation around that, picking the ball up. And I don’t remember a lot of situations where they had then immediately a chance,” Klopp said.
The setback saw Liverpool lose their 44-game unbeaten run and will hope for an immediate response on Tuesday with Klopp intimating that he will field a strong side than that that beat Shrewsbury in the Fourth Round of the competition.