John Hartson suggests Dejan Lovren was a very clever man earlier this week

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Former Premier League attacker John Hartson has suggested that Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren showed some intelligence earlier this week.

Former Premier League defender John Hartson defended Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren when he appeared on talkSPORT.

Lovren has been criticised for some fans for his role in Bournemouth’s disallowed goal in the match at Anfield earlier this week, which Liverpool won 1-0, but Hartson has suggested that the incident was actually a clever piece of defensive play from the Croatian.

“He knew he was done and that the player was going to get a clear header on goal. He was very, very clever and sort of arched his shoulders and got his head down as if to say ‘referee, that’s a foul’ and the referee bought it,” he told talkSPORT.

Lovren has to improve

Lovren should sense a pressure and an opportunity that he needs to significantly improve over the next few weeks.

He’s struggled ever since he arrived at Anfield but Brendan Rodgers sees enough in him to justify giving him chances in difficult games.

Lovren should relish the opportunity to make himself a key part of Liverpool’s backline, proving any doubters wrong in the process.

He hasn’t always been available because of injury, but the club paid a big fee to sign him from Southampton and he needs to show why that was justified.

Lovren is an experienced Premier League player and it’s important that Rodgers now gives him the chance to feature regularly, which should in turn help his chances of being consistent.

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