Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren deleted his Instagram account on Saturday evening, following his dismal performance against West Ham at Anfield on Saturday.
The 26-year-old, who enjoyed a decent start to the season prior to yesterday’s shock 3-0 defeat to the Hammers, was at fault for at least one of the goals and received a 4/10 rating from the Liverpool Echo.
And following a wave of abuse from fans on Instagram, according to 101 Great Goals, Lovren decided it was time to deactivate his account and take some time away from social media.
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The Croatia international has failed to make the impact at Anfield most expected he would following his £20 million move from Southampton last summer.
The 26-year-old has found the step up from Southampton to Liverpool a struggle, but had looked assured during the opening weeks of the current campaign.
Brendan Rodgers could drop Lovren
Lovren even earned praise from his manager, Brendan Rodgers, who told the Guardian his centre-back was now feeling more relaxed in his position following a good pre-season.
But following such a disastrous result - this was West Ham’s first win at Anfield since 1963 - Rodgers may opt to shuffle his pack after the international break.
Abuse from fans is a shame
The abuse from fans from social media, while predictable, is a shame though.
Lovren shouldn’t have felt the need to deactivate his Instagram account in order to avoid abusive comments from his own supporters - but the modern football fan is often unforgiving and quick to judge.
Lovren will hope he can win back the trust of supporters after the international break, starting on September 12 against fierce rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.
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