John Aldridge says he would keep Dejan Lovren in Liverpool's starting XI

Dejan Lovren

Lovren's position is under scrutiny after a poor display against West Ham and there are question marks over his place ahead of the trip to Old Trafford.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has said in his Liverpool Echo column that he hopes the side stick with Dejan Lovren when they travel to Manchester United on Saturday evening, despite his error-strewn display against West Ham United prior to the international break.

In the first three games of the season, Lovren along with the rest of the Reds defence performed reasonably well by keeping three clean sheets, but the display against West Ham was a throwback to the poor displays of last season, particularly for the Croatia international who was a culprit for West Ham's second goal in the 3-0 defeat at Anfield.

But in his Liverpool Echo column, Aldridge has said he would stick with the player despite his struggles, saying: "[Dropping Lovren] It destroys his confidence (even more so) for starters, and means when he is eventually needed again - which he will be - he is even more likely to struggle.

"It’s a hard one, because that error against West Ham was a terrible one, and it cost us. And, of course, we’ve got Mamadou Sakho there, an experienced international waiting to come in if needed.

"But Rodgers has chosen Lovren as his man, and it’d be wrong of the manager to ditch him at the first sign of trouble. I think he’ll get the chance to prove his doubters wrong at Old Trafford, and I hope he does exactly that."

Aldridge also points out that Mamadou Sakho is a ready made replacement, waiting for his chance to try and establish himself alongside Martin Skrtel at the heart of the Reds' defence. Some will say that it's baffling he hasn't been given the opportunity to start this season given he is rated by many sections of the Reds support as the club's best centre-back.

But dropping Lovren needn't be the confidence drainer that Aldridge makes it out to be as there are several games that follow this weekend's trip to Manchester United with the Europa League getting underway the following Thursday with the Reds making the trip to Bordeaux - it could be an immediate chance for him to return to the side to find some form if he were to find himself omitted from the starting XI on Saturday.

However, there is the case for trying to keep a settled back line for as long as possible in the Premier League games, as changes to the defence over the past couple of years have surely been a contributory factor to the side's lack of solidity at the back.

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