Nine clearances; 16 battles won: Too little too late from Liverpool's Dejan Lovren

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Dejan Lovren had some decent figures against FC Basel in the Champions League but the damage had already been done.

It is fair to say things have not gone according to plan for Dejan Lovren since his £20million move from Southampton to Liverpool in the summer.

The Croatia international had a brilliant debut season at St Mary's and looked like being a canny and necessary addition to Brendan Rodgers' back-line.  But instead Lovren has struggled to rediscover his best form, only featuring against FC Basel on Tuesday evening because Kolo Toure was unavailable.

The 25-year-old did not do too badly, making nine effective clearances and winning 16 battles in total (10 on the ground and six in the air) in the 1-1 draw.  His passing accuracy of 79 per cent left a lot to be desired given the Liverpool-way but he has had far worse matches.

That said, Liverpool's dawdling defence was made to pay when Basel took the lead and a more dominant centre-back would have snuffed out the danger before it was too late.

  Pass AccuracyTackles WonEffective ClearancesDuels LostDuels WonAerials LostAerials WonInterceptions WonMins Played
Dejan Lovren 79% 3 9 4 10 1 6 3 90

Whatever you think of Lovren's performance on Tuesday, the truth is the damage was done prior to this match.

Lovren started Liverpool's games against the Swiss side away and Real Madrid at home, and those two defeats played a significant role in the Reds' exit that means they only have domestic matters to focus on for the remainder of the campaign.

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