Dejan Lovren endured what must have been the most difficult afternoon of his professional career against Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.
The Liverpool defender was at fault for the two goals Spurs scored inside the opening 12 minutes and was then substituted by Jurgen Klopp after just half-an-hour.
The Liverpool Echo described Lovren’s performance as “one of the most calamitous half-hour showings in Liverpool history” - and while that might seem a little harsh, it’s hard to disagree.
“Made errors for both goals – missing a header for the first, missing a header for the second – and looked wobblier than Jenga in an earthquake,” the Echo’s Kristian Walsh added. “Head was so far gone it is still in White Hart Lane.”
Jurgen Klopp admitted that Lovren wasn’t injured when he substituted the Croatia international, sending on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in his place and switching Joe Gomez to centre-back, with Emre Can moving to the right-back position.
"I really don't want to blame players,” Klopp said. “Dejan, to be honest, was not worse than Joel.
“We had to change something and we had to try to make sure we were a little bit more stabilised. We needed another protection in the half space - it actually didn't work too well, but that was the idea behind it.”
The under-fire Liverpool boss added: “I think he (Lovren) feels not good. That's okay, nobody should feel good in this moment. He's part of the squad."
What Lovren did on Instagram after the match
It’s now emerged that following the match, Lovren removed ‘LFC’ from his Instagram bio, removed his profile picture and blocked comments from fans.
You have to feel a bit sorry for Lovren
Poor guy. It’s a shame that he felt the need to take such drastic action.
However, when you look at the some of the things that were being said about Lovren on Twitter, you can understand his decision.
He knows he played terribly at Wembley - he doesn’t need anyone else to tell him that, particularly a bunch of fans - and probably had a sleepless night after getting back home.
The 28-year-old now faces a battle to save his Liverpool career.
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