Liverpool legend John Aldridge has voiced concern over £20 million summer signing Dejan Lovren, describing his performance during the weekend's 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion as a 'comedy of errors'.
Lovren was identified by manager Brendan Rodgers as the man who would be key to the side tightening up in defence, following on from a season where the side conceded 50 goals in the Premier League - which in many people's eyes cost the Reds their first league title since 1990.
The Croatia international was brought in to provide leadership, but so far the Reds have only kept the one clean sheet in all competitions.
Unfortunately he conceded a penalty in Liverpool's win over West Brom - though replays show the foul took place outside the area. But he and defensive partner Martin Skrtel have been showing signs of diving into challenges when it hasn't been necessary.
In his Liverpool Echo column, Aldridge wrote: "It was a comedy of errors from Lovren on Saturday. Signing him was supposed to tighten things up at the back but at the moment it looks like we’ll concede 50 league goals again.
"Anfield is a wonderful place to play. But if you’re having a bad time it’s not easy being out there. You can sense it in the atmosphere – the noises when you do something wrong. There’s no hiding place and to succeed at Liverpool you need to be mentally strong.
"Lovren is a seasoned international and I’m sure he will come through this. He needs to look at someone like Jordan Henderson and how he’s turned things around."
One would suggest that Lovren's form will improve once the entire defence has a more settled back four. It seems as though at least three of the four picks itself at the moment with Lovren, Martin Skrtel and left-back Alberto Moreno all first choice selections. Glen Johnson has just returned from injury and maybe preferred to Javier Manquillo in the near future after the young Spaniard has had a good run in the side.
Some will say it will take time, but the Reds will want to see an improvement at the back very soon - and clean sheets would be the perfect tonic.