Lawrenson not surprised Rodgers dropped Dejan Lovren at weekend

Liverpool reverted to a three man defence against Norwich City on Sunday, but there was no room for the club's most expensive defensive signing.

Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has commented on Brendan Rodgers' decision to drop Croatian international defender Dejan Lovren from his starting line-up in his BBC column, and it won't be good reading for the 26-year-old.

Liverpool exhibited a return to the three-man defence they trialled at times last season in the draw with Norwich City on Sunday, with Emre Can, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho making up the central trio.

That of course means that the club's record defensive signing was dropped for the first time this season in the Premier League, despite there essentially being another position in defence for him.

And Lawrenson said that it wasn't a shock to see the former Saints and Lyon star miss out, even though he did suggest Lovren could yet have a future at Anfield. 

"It was Dejan Lovren who was left out, and I cannot say I am surprised," he said on BBC Sport regarding Rodgers' defensive selection. "The Croatian cost £20m from Southampton and has had lots of opportunities but has never really convinced.

"That does not mean there is no future for him, but I think the back three that Rodgers went with was the correct choice, and he definitely went with the correct formation."

Things were looking good for the centre back in his second season after he featured in Liverpool's opening three games, all of which saw the Reds earn clean sheets, but two successive matches conceding three goals has led to him being ousted from the side and it may be a long way back.

With youngster Joe Gomez impressing in his own performances, but finding himself understandably benched in favour of the more naturally attacking and speedy Alberto Moreno on the left, Lovren could yet be even further from the first team. 

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