Dejan Lovren admits disappointment but hails 'perfect' aspect of Liverpool's performance against Arsenal

Lovren has been part of a back four that has kept three clean sheets in three games.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren admitted to a tinge of disappointment after Monday's 0-0 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, but took a huge positive out of the defensive display.

The Reds had a host of chances in the first half, only to be denied by both Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal and the woodwork on two occasions, but they succeeded in keeping their third successive clean sheet, and have now taken seven points from their opening three games.

Lovren told the club's official website: “I’d say we’re disappointed [not to have won]. Especially in the first half, we had so many chances. They also had some good chances.

“But I think we were defensively perfect and everyone did a great job. We need to continue like this and the goals will come.”

It's important for the Reds not to get complacent at the back, though they have made an impressive start, and Simon Mignolet was forced into a couple of smart saves last night, though the majority came from long range efforts.

Lovren himself is under incredible scrutiny after a wretched first season where he struggled to find his feet at the Reds following his big-money move from Southampton. 

If you look at the defensive record of the Reds so far season, 'perfect' would seem to be the right adjective when it comes to the goals against column of the Premier League table but there are things to work on. At times Arsenal did put the Reds under pressure, and had a goal chalked off when it should have stood - though if it had counted it would have been more down to impressive Arsenal play rather than poor Liverpool defending. 

There is still much work to do. The back four has been well protected and performed pretty well so far this season. But the Reds will be keen to learn lessons from the 2013/14 season, where they managed to keep three consecutive clean sheets at the start of the season, but still managed to concede 50 goals - a total which was simply too big.

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