The duo, Lovren in particular, had been criticised for much of last season as they failed to tighten up at the back, making errors that were entirely preventable, and were detrimental to the side.
After Mamadou Sakho had played in a 60-minute training match for the Reds the day before, Brendan Rodgers opted to play Skrtel and Lovren on Friday and within 15 minutes they were found wanting after a mix-up from the pair led to Patrick Ronaldinho opening the scoring for the Malaysian side.
Lovren seems to receive the brunt of criticism from a lot of fans, and today was no exception - especially considering he could have had a hat-trick but spurned some great chances in front of goal. The Reds' equaliser came courtesy of a terrific strike from Jordon Ibe - probably taking the title as the best of pre-season so far.
Fans on Twitter did not seem too impressed with Lovren afterwards, but there are those who felt he got a raw deal when it comes to criticism from others - suggesting that Skrtel also put in a poor showing.
Here is a selection of the reaction on Twitter:
Skrtel has been worse than Lovren— Eathen.. (@hunter_troll) July 24, 2015
Lovren's been bad. Skrtel's probably been worse, though. Key point here is - Sakho needs to be starting. Permanently.— AnfieldKick (@AnfieldKick) July 24, 2015
The problem is Sakho is injury prone. We should have bought a cb. Skrtel and Lovren together in prem is a disaster— JFT96 (@Akki_SwagMan) July 24, 2015
Not only is Sakho far better than Lovren, but Skrtel plays better alongside him too.— Olly (@OllyIfc) July 24, 2015
Maybe, just maybe BR is pairing Skrtel Lovren to see who is best to pair with Sakho. Defence is a worry for us leading into season.— Dunc Mac (@Dunc040708) July 24, 2015
Surely he can't go into the season picking Lovren over Sakho? Surely!!?— Daniel Purcell (@Dan_Purcell) July 24, 2015