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Jurgen Klopp responds to suggestion Dejan Lovren should be dropped from Liverpool XI

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Days don't come much worse than the kind of day Dejan Lovren had on Sunday in a Liverpool shirt.

The Croatian defender has been the source of frustration for plenty of Liverpool fans in recent years, but now that the Reds have the fifth-worst defensive record in the league, frustration is turning to anger.

Jurgen Klopp's troops have shipped 16 goals in nine games to hold a goal difference of minus-two. For a side that was meant to be contending for the title or the top four at the very least, that's simply not good enough.

Lovren has failed to convince since his £20 million move from Southampton back in 2014 and his performance in Liverpool's 4-1 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday might just have been his worst yet.

The 28-year-old was at fault for both of Spurs' first two goals in just the opening 12 minutes and when Klopp wanted to make a tactical change after half-an-hour, Lovren was sacrificed for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

It doesn't get much more humiliating than that and Lovren will be feeling the nerves more than ever the next time he pulls on a Liverpool shirt.

Journalist Karl Matchett listened to what Klopp had to say after the game and when he was asked about Lovren's position in the starting XI, Klopp insisted there had been worse players at Wembley on Sunday.

However, he did concede it's 'open week' and anyone could make any position their own. Can we really believe Klopp on that, though? He doesn't have many options beyond Lovren at this point.

However, Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel believes Klopp handled the situation in the wrong way and now, Lovren has been thrown under the bus.

Working as a television pundit, Schmeichel said: "It's very important to underline that he never said anything to him and he's killed that player.

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"And in fact it hasn't helped, they are still defending like it's their first time ever....

"The way they defend today and have been defending all season is no naive and Jurgen Klopp needs to take responsibility.

"What he's done now is put all of the responsibility on to Lovren. He will now be in the headlines for this, and that's really unfair. It should be the manager."

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