Lovren injury could be “blessing in disguise”


    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has slated current centre-back Dejan Lovren and said that the Croatian being out injured “could be a blessing in disguise” for the team.

    LovrenEx-Southampton man Lovren was carried off in the penalty shoot-out win over Carlisle United on Wednesday last week and is set for a spell out of the side with an ankle injury.

    Lawrenson feels that Lovren’s form has been so poor that Brendan Rodgers’ side will be better off with him out of action.

    “He had a spell of two or three good games at the start of this season and you thought ‘you know what, maybe he’s going to be fine'” he told the Echo,

    “Wrong. His decision-making is absolutely awful. Awful.

    “What on earth was he thinking for the goal Carlisle scored in midweek? He should have gone and closed the ball down, not least as there were two other centre-backs to cover.

    “Instead he came rushing out. It’s like he had never, ever defended before in his life, let alone been a £20million international centre-back.

    “You never want anyone to be injured, and you wouldn’t wish a serious injury on anybody.

    “But the timing of Lovren’s absence could be a blessing in disguise for both player and team.

    “It’s now a big chance for Mamadou Sakho to stake a regular claim and maybe even for Joe Gomez to, at some stage, impress in his favoured position.” he finished.

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