"He's a leader" - Brendan Rodgers talks about new Liverpool signing

Dejan Lovren

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has outlined what new signing Dejan Lovren will bring to the Reds this season.

Liverpool's second place finish was a great achievement for Rodgers in only his second season in charge at Anfield, but it could have been so much more. The Reds have now gone on a spending spree this summer, with Atletico Madrid right back Javi Manquillo, Southampton centre back Dejan Lovren, Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can, Southampton playmaker Adam Lallana, Benfica winger Lazar Markovic and Southampton striker Rickie Lambert all joining the club this summer.

What cost Liverpool in the title race was their defence. Too often, the Reds' backline was flimsy and cracked under pressure - as we saw against Crystal Palace. Leading 3-0 with just ten minutes to play, Liverpool inexplicably drew 3-3 - which allowed Manchester City to sneak in and take the title.

And whilst Manquillo has potential to become a fine right back, it's centre back Lovren who Liverpool are hoping can solve their leaky defence. The 25-year-old has signed for the club from Southampton for £20m, just a year after his £8.5m move from Lyon to the South Coast.

A strong and determined defender, Lovren impressed last season and should be just what Liverpool need in their defence. Manager Rodgers is likely to make Lovren and Mamadou Sakho his first choice centre back pairing, and has been speaking about the Croatian.

"Dejan Lovren is a very talented defender and a leader on the field and we’ll look forward to starting work with him," said Rodgers, with just over a week to go until the start of the season.

A leader is just what Liverpool need in the heart of their defence after their defensive frailties last season, and having forked out £20m to land Lovren, Rodgers needs to be right in his assessment of the former Southampton star.

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