Lovren on being Liverpool's leader, and playing for the side in Champions League

Dejan Lovren spoke to reporters ahead of Liverpool's Champions League game with Ludogorets.

Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has admitted it isn't an easy task being the leader of the back line at the club after his big money move from Southampton this summer.

Lovren was identified as Brendan Rodgers as the man to lead the defence as the Reds seek to tighten up following a season where they conceded 50 goals in the Premier League.

Ahead of the Reds' return to the Champions League, Lovren said the more games for the side this season could be beneficial with so many new signings settling into the club following a transfer window that saw nine players arrive.

The Croatia international said: "It's not so easy like you said. It's a tough job because I'm a new player also.

"I'm giving my best, I think with my time and with the games it will come."

Lovren seemed pretty positive after the Reds' start to the season that has seen them win two and lose two of their opening four fixtures, though he did describe the weekend's defeat to Aston Villa as 'painful', and is aware of the magnitude of playing for Liverpool in the Champions League.

He added: "It's the start of the season and we have tough games, of course we need to improve in every game to be better defensively, more together, but I'm not worried about this. I'm really confident in our team.

"It's a pleasure to be back in the Champions League after five years. We want success in the Champions League, I will not say we have an easy group.

"We know it's a big part of football, of course it's not the same thing to play for Lyon in the Champions League as it is for Liverpool. I know Liverpool is a bigger club. "

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