Brendan Rodgers backs more confident Dejan Lovren at Liverpool

Dejan Lovren

The Reds boss has claimed that the Croatian centre-half will be a hit at Anfield in 2015-16.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has stated that criticised defender Dejan Lovren will improve this season and is more confident already, as per The London Evening Standard.

The Croatian centre-half moved to the Merseyside outfit last summer from Southampton after an impressive solitary campaign on the south coast.

However, Lovren struggled to emulate this form in his first season with the Reds and was criticised for his showings for Liverpool.

The no-nonsense enforcer looked short of confidence and was guilty of making a number of mistakes that cost his side.

Despite this, Lovren was selected for the Anfield outfit’s first game of this term and starred as his side beat Stoke 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium last weekend.

Rodgers has stated that he has faith in the eastern European and has backed the defender to be much better in 2015-16.

"I thought he was very good last week and that is confidence,” the Northern Irish manager is quoted as saying by The London Evening Standard.

“I always felt in his second season he will be a better player. It is such a huge move to come here and it is only when you are in you realise the expectation.

"It was about trying to find that balance in pre-season. We have excellent central defenders in (Mamadou) Sakho and Kolo (Toure) but it is about finding that confidence in a partnership and I thought they were excellent.

"Dejan in particular was aggressive, good in the air, his reading of the game was good and his passing was simple but effective. I think he has gained confidence over pre-season and I hope that will be maintained.”

Liverpool will hope to make it two wins from two tonight as they host newly promoted Bournemouth at Anfield, with the expectant Kop demanding nothing other than three points.

Lovren is likely to be partnered with Martin Skrtel again as Rodgers looks for a settled back four.

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