Mark Wright explains what Dejan Lovren failed to do last season

Dejan Lovren

Dejan Lovren joined Liverpool from Premier League rivals Southampton in the summer of 2014.

Mark Wright has highlighted on Liverpool’s official website the main area where Dejan Lovren failed last season.

Croatia international centre-back Lovren joined Liverpool from Premier League rivals Southampton in the summer of 2014.

Much was expected of the 25-year-old at Anfield, but the former Lyon defender endured a rather forgettable season.

Lovren won only 94 out of 130 headers and just 35 out of 80 tackles in 26 Premier League appearances in the 2014-15 campaign.

The former Dinamo Zagreb defender created two chances and has a pass accuracy of 85%.

Former Liverpool defender Wright has explained the key area where Lovren failed for Liverpool last season.

"[But] when you're a centre-half your job is to destroy and that may sound really old school, but you've got to destroy,” the 51-year-old told Liverpool’s official website. “If there's balls to be won in the air you've got to win them.

"It's not about creating a goalscoring opportunity at the other end. That's not the way I see defenders, you've got to put your body on the line.

"If people are shooting and it's going to hit you in the face, let it hit you in the face. If it hits you in the stomach, let it hit you in the stomach, take the knocks, take the blows and dish it out.

"I think maybe at times he didn't do enough of that and we conceded more goals than we'd want to concede, and a lot of them were from set plays.”

Lovren eventually lost his place in the Liverpool starting line-up, as manager Brendan Rodgers opted for a three-man back-line.

However, the Croatian now needs to forget about his debut season at Liverpool and focus on getting back to his best for the 2015-16 campaign.

If Lovren has a good pre-season and plays well in the friendly matches, then he could be ready to become a key player for Liverpool.

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