Dejan Lovren urges Liverpool fans not to make him a scapegoat

The defender endured a difficult season last year but believes the fault is not all his.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has urged the club’s fans not to make him the scapegoat for last season via the Liverpool Echo.

The Croatia international joined from Southampton last summer but endured a torrid first season at the club with a series of big errors seeing him come in for criticism from fans and pundits alike.

But Lovren believes some of the criticism was unfair and that the defending cannot be simply put upon his shoulders and is in fact a team effort.

“It has been tough,” Lovren told the Liverpool Echo.

“But it is not Dejan Lovren-Liverpool, you know? I cannot defend all alone. It is 11 players. When we are good, everyone is good.

"When we are bad, everyone is bad. I think we need to look like this, not just put the pressure on me or point the finger. I don’t agree with this.”

First team football unlikely next season 

Given his performances last season, it is hard to see Dejan Lovren being a first team regular at Anfield next season.

The defender only looked comfortable as part of a back three and even then was shaky at best. Martin Skrtel and Mahmadou Sakho are both arguably the first choice centre backs for Brendan Rodgers, while Emre Can was also used in the position last season.

That demonstrates Lovren’s standing in the side, and perhaps an exit from the club would be in his best interests given he is likely to spend most of his time on the bench in the foreseeable future.

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