Thompson urges Klopp to drop Liverpool's Lovren against Huddersfield

Former Liverpool and England defender Phil Thompson (2R) attend a memorial service at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on April 15, 2016, on the 27th anniversary of the...

Dejan Lovren came under plenty of criticism for his performance during Liverpool's loss to Tottenham.

Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (L) vies with Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and...

Liverpool icon Phil Thompson has urged Jurgen Klopp to drop defender Dejan Lovren from the starting eleven as the Reds play host to newly-promoted Huddersfield on Saturday.

Lovren, 28, was at fault for two of Tottenham's four goals last Sunday as Mauricio Pochettino's side earned a comfortable 4-1 victory at the Wembley Stadium thanks to goals from Son Heung-Min, Dele Alli and a brace from Harry Kane.

The Croatia international was even withdrawn before the half-time whistle by Klopp and it now remains to be seen if the German manager will hand the former Southampton defender a second chance against Huddersfield.

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22, 2017 in London, England.

However, former Liverpool player Thompson told the Liverpool Echo that he believes Lovren must be taken out of the firing line against David Wagner's side with scrutiny from fans and the media still likely to be ringing in his ears.

"I would have to take him out of the firing line. After what he went through at Wembley, I think it's too raw at the moment to play him again so soon," Thompson said.

"Jurgen will have to make changes. If he doesn't have faith in Ragnar Klavan then he has to go with Joe Gomez in there alongside Joel Matip. We have a run of winnable games coming up and we have to make sure we're more solid at the back."

Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane (R) vies with Liverpool's English defender Joe Gomez during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool...

Cameroon international Matip partnered Lovren in the middle of Klopp's back four against Spurs and he is likely to do so this Saturday, with either Lovren, Gomez or Klavan set to partner him.

Klopp must be wary of Huddersfield's threat come Saturday, with the Terriers squad likely to be in buoyant mood following last Saturday's stunning 2-1 victory over Manchester United.

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