9 duel winners, 10 clearances: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren finally puts in £20m display

Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren was superb in the Reds’ 0-0 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren had arguably his best game for the Merseysiders as he helped his side to keep a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

The Croatian defender has endured a difficult debut season at Anfield after trading Southampton for the Reds last summer in a deal worth £20 million, as per the BBC.

His opening performances were shaky and it wasn’t long before he was dropped to the bench, a move which incidentally coincided with the Reds’ return to form over the festive and New Year period.

However, after missing the crunch games against Manchester United and Arsenal, Lovren has returned to the side and put last weekend’s FA Cup disappointment behind him with a top performance at The Hawthorns.

  InterceptionsEffective ClearancesAerial WinnersDefensive Duel WinnersBall RecoveriesAccurate PassesMins Played
Dejan Lovren 3 10 6 9 4 58 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Southampton favourite was dominant at the back and in contrast to his early-season displays, relatively comfortable in possession.

The 25-year-old recorded three interceptions, six aerial winners, nine defensive duel winners and an impressive 10 effective clearances.

In possession, he recorded 58 accurate passes with an excellent 89.2% success rate – among his side’s best tallies throughout the afternoon.

The draw doesn’t help the Reds’ diminishing chances of claiming a top-four spot, especially when you consider that they still have to travel to Premier League leaders Chelsea in the coming weeks.

Nevertheless, Brendan Rodgers will be pleased with how his defence coped, and in particular Lovren’s performance as he looks for a marked improvement from the Croatian next season.

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