It is no secret that Dejan Lovren has not had the easiest time since joining Liverpool. The centre-back has, often understandably, come in for a lot of criticism during his time at Anfield.
And with Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk forming a brilliant partnership this term, Lovren probably cannot afford to put in another disappointing display.
But judging by much of the reaction on Twitter to his performance in the Reds' win away at Watford on Saturday, it appears that Lovren is rising to the challenge of trying to give Jurgen Klopp a decision to make at the heart of the defence.
The Croatia international was making his first Liverpool appearance in almost a month at Vicarage Road. And after a slightly slow start, he grew into the game and looked extremely impressive.
The £20 million signing (via BBC Sport) made a couple of important challenges and interceptions to help ensure that Liverpool were able to storm to the win with three second-half goals.
Some supporters are seemingly never going to be won over by Lovren, but it appears that most were extremely impressed by his performance against the Hornets.
There are plenty who believe that he does not get the credit that he deserves given the improvements that he has made, and one fan even suggested that he is as good as Gomez currently.
Here is what some of the Liverpool supporters on social media made of the defender's display...
I know LFC fans love bashing Dejan Lovren, but yesterday he actually did well, yes he was shaky at times. He won some aerial duels as well. Indeed VVD is having a positive effect on other LFC defenders. #LFC #WATLIV— Mvuyisi Tyiwani (@MercurialSoul22) November 25, 2018
I don't think people actually understand how good Lovren is. Every match he's played, not even one wrong foot. Unbelievable performances but because people don't like what he says or remember his mistakes only, they'll overlook his brilliant performances.— ynwa (@arabdeek) November 25, 2018
Lovren is a class back up cb to have tbf been superb since that horrific game against spurs last season— Jacob (@AllAboutTheMane) November 24, 2018
Controversial opinion, Dejan Lovren is as good, if not better than, Joe Gomez.— Liam Grimshaw (@LFCLiamGrimshaw) November 24, 2018
Love him or not, Lovren has stepped up when he’s played this season, think he’s been great.— Danny (@_YoungyLFC98) November 24, 2018
Although we kept a clean sheet today which has been one of the more impressive things this season it also cemented for me that Lovren is a complete liability in defence... not quite on Morenos level but close!— Kris Jones (@KrisJones87) November 24, 2018
Big up Lovren today man you were good— -Kingsley (@Kingsley_758) November 24, 2018
Lovren deserves some credit for today having watched it for a 2nd time I’ve just realized he was pretty awesome today! #LFC— Liverpool F.C YNWA (@nathanlFC_) November 24, 2018
Lovren has been near perfect this season. Very good 3 choice option to have.— Atulegwu (@Atulegwu_) November 24, 2018
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