Liverpool defensive legend Jamie Carragher slams performance of Dejan Lovren, compares him to David Luiz

Jamie Carragher

Dejan Lovren was in poor form at Anfield yesterday.

Liverpool were comfortably beaten at home yesterday as a poor defensive display saw West Ham romp to a 3-0 victory at Anfield.

Goals from Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble and Diafra Sakho did the trick – whilst Liverpool also had Philippe Coutinho sent off for two yellow card offences.

Despite many being to blame for the performance and loss it was also easy to single out Croatian defender Dejan Lovren.

His Bambi routine gifted West Ham their second goal, just after it looked like he had finally started to find his feet at the club.

In the aftermath of the game former Liverpool defensive stalwart and club legend Jamie Carragher had this to say to Sky Sports:

"The only way to describe Lovren's performance was David Luiz-like.

"He was doing things you don't really want to see centre-backs do: 50-yard passes - that at time got there - but there was one occasion where he did a double stepover and then got tackled.

"I don't know if it's overconfidence after a couple of good performances but I'm watching him thinking, just do the basics.

"You've got three clean sheets; your job is to keep them out, not show everyone what else you can do. Defend first."

Lovren arrived last summer from Southampton in a big money deal but went on to struggle in his debut campaign at Anfield – despite his previous assuredness at St Mary’s.

He had started the new season looking slightly more like himself but the way he gifted the ball to Lanzini for the second goal was atrocious and perhaps he should be heeding the advice of his more illustrious predecessor.

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