Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren stated in yesterday's pre-match press conference ahead of tonight's Europa League tie with Bordeaux that he is at Anfield to be a regular in the team, rather than expensive cover.
Lovren has admittedly struggled to adapt to life at Anfield. Error strewn displays have been a signature of his time at the club but with the unfortunate injury to Mamadou Sakho prior to the international break, the Croatia international has the opportunity to put together some consistently good performances for the Reds.
He is quoted in the Liverpool Echo from yesterday, saying: “I came here to be a leader and I still feel I can lead a team. I am a person who likes to shout and talk during the game. It is not me if I only think about myself.
“I think when I’m quiet then I am nervous so it is better to be the opposite. When I am shouting I am concentrating more.
“Every player is important in the team - Sakho is of course - but I did not come here to be on the bench. I am playing now and really comfortable and focused to play my best game."
There have been many false starts for Lovren ever since his £20 million move from Southampton in the summer of 2014. No-one has yet to see that money repaid from his performances on a consistent basis.
It would be wrong to say there weren't flashes of at least solid performances last season - in fact he was part of one or two very solid displays but that's not enough for the fee paid for him, or the standard required at a club like Liverpool that wants to regularly compete for honours.
Even at the start of this season, in the opening three games of the campaign Lovren didn't really put a foot wrong as the side kept three clean sheets from those games, but then a calamitous display followed against West Ham United.
The weekend's win over Manchester City saw a pretty assured display from Lovren where he did nothing of note - meaning no mistakes but solid against one of the league's most feared attacking forces.
But there are times when he just seems to want to do too much, when all he has to do is replicate the kind of performances that have fans nodding along in acknowledgement at a job well done. Manchester City away was a good start, but this has to be replicated against Bordeaux tonight, and beyond.
A change of manager and set-up may help his cause, but the defender knows there is only one man that can prove Dejan Lovren is worth his place in this Liverpool team.