Liverpool's Lovren claims his experience is helping him improve as a player

The Reds have endured an up and down season, with their Croatian defender coming in line for regular criticism.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has told Sky Sports how he has learned from past mistakes, and in doing so, has become a better player.

Following his side's impressive 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night, Lovren spoke of how he has matured as a player:

"I will do everything for my team but I think I have learned from my mistakes, I think I am a little bit cleverer now. I am more experienced today."

The former Southampton man went on to talk about his ever improving partnership with Mamadou Sakho:

"After a couple of games together it is much easier to understand each other and we hope to continue like that."

Lovren has played 20 Premier league games for the Merseyside outfit this term, and will be hoping his blossoming relationship with Sakho will cement his starting spot.

The Croatian centre-back has received his fair share of critics this season, but on the back of an impressive run of displays, he is starting to look more like the player he was two years ago.

Liverpool are preparing for the visit of Stoke City on Sunday, where a win will ensure they leapfrog the Potters in the table.

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