Dejan Lovren comments on his form and help from Jurgen Klopp

Lovren has shown an upturn in form under Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has told the Daily Express that manager Jurgen Klopp has helped him with his recent turnaround in form, and says he can get better.

Lovren had been something of a maligned figure at Liverpool since his £20 million move from Southampton in the summer of 2014, as several error strewn performances drew a lot of criticism from Reds' fans. 

He said: “I know I can prove myself and I can be better. This is not my best. I need time still. I need to go to ‘school’ still. I have not the experience of a 31-year-old player. With this manager I can improve and just become a better player. I am trying.

“I am shouting on the pitch like I have been here 10 years and I think people respect me because they know I am working hard. I am shouting to him, he is shouting to me. It is the most important thing to respect each other on the pitch.

“To be honest I was always happy to be here from the first day, but sometimes it goes well, sometimes not. Sometimes you need time.

“It depends on people who manage you well. In the time, since Jurgen has come things have changed a lot."

Certainly there has been marked improvement from the Croatia international in recent weeks, as there has been with the entire defensive unit as things seem to have tightened up a little - keeping five clean sheets in their last seven matches in all competitions.

The positive thing from Lovren is that he feels there is much to be done for him to improve even further and that he feels his best is yet to come. While some will point at his price tag and use it as a stick to beat him with, if he keeps putting in solid performances and keeps mistakes to a minimum, then there will be very little criticism - and maybe he could live up to the billing he was given prior to his arrival.

He was touted as the new leader at the heart of the defence, and only recently have seen examples of Lovren barking orders and trying to organise things. 

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