Lovren under pressure at Liverpool after West Ham defeat, says Aldridge

The former star believes they must get a clean sheet against Manchester United to banish the disappointing defeat.

Writing in his column in the Liverpool Echo, John Aldridge says Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has put himself back under pressure after his display in the loss to West Ham.

The Reds were soundly beaten 3-0 at Anfield by Slaven Bilic’s Hammers, who once again put in an impressive away display against one of the so called bigger sides, after their 2-0 defeat of Arsenal on the opening weekend.

They were aided by a shocking defensive display from Liverpool though, with Dejan Lovren in particular having one of his worse days at the office, despite him so far enjoying a solid start to his second season at Anfield.

And Aldridge says he has put the pressure firmly back on himself once again with his display.

“The defeat was so unexpected and so out of the blue, but the defending was schoolboy stuff. Everyone knows about it,” he wrote in the Liverpool Echo.

“Lovren has put himself back under pressure now, so it's a tough one for the manager. Liverpool went into the game expecting to win it, and now they have to regroup and kick on.”

Put in a performance at Old Trafford

The former Liverpool star has however offered them advice on how to put the game firmly in the back of everyone’s minds, put on a show at Old Trafford.

Brendan Rodgers side travel to their fierce rivals after the international break, with both sides having suffered surprise defeats last time around.

That will mean they will both be keen to make amends when they face each other next, and Aldridge says a clean sheet for Liverpool would show their first three was no fluke.

“There is only one way to put that performance to bed, and that's the game at Old Trafford,” he added.

“Lovren and Skrtel have to prove the first three games of the season, conceding no goals, wasn't a fluke, and that West Ham was a one-off. They can do that by going to Manchester United and keeping a clean sheet. United have only scored three goals and going forward, they're not the major threat they used to be.”

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