Jan Molby appeals for Dejan Lovren to keep things simple

Lovren is in line for a return to the Liverpool starting XI this weekend when they take on Manchester City.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby has some advice for Dejan Lovren as the defender prepares to return to the starting line-up to replace the injured Mamadou Sakho. 

Lovren has been under fire from a lot of fans during his time at Anfield for some needless errors and questionable defending, but will get his chance from manager Jurgen Klopp to impress as he deputises for the injured Frenchman in the build-up to Christmas, and possibly beyond.

Molby thinks he just needs to start doing the simple things right in order to prove himself, and not do everything as he was given a huge task to help plug a leaking defence when he signed for the club in the summer of 2014 for big money from Southampton.

He wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "I’m sure that Klopp and his backroom staff will have identified the things that have caused him to have the problems he’s had and they’ll look to rectify that.

"They’ll try and give him some help. I think that the billing Lovren got when he first came to Anfield was almost too much.

"It was ‘here he is, the big organiser, he’s going to be the leader of the back four.’

"He was taking reckless chances in his play and sometimes you just need to come in and get your basics right because that can get you a long way."

There is a feeling that Liverpool have not seen the best of Lovren. Some may have written him off already, but in the first three performances of the season where the Reds kept three consecutive clean sheets, he looked to have turned a corner before a calamitous display at home to West Ham United - where the Reds lost 3-0.

This is undoubtedly a huge opportunity for Lovren to show he has a role to play at Liverpool going forward, and he certainly seems to have the faith of his manager to step up in Sakho's absence. 

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