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Liverpool's Dejan Lovren has a chance to prove himself following Mamadou Sakho's injury

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Last year, Dejan Lovren joined Liverpool from Southampton in a deal worth £20 million, making him the most expensive Reds defender of all time.

The transfer caused plenty of excitement, with hopes escalating amongst the Anfield faithful that Lovren could be the man to solve their defensive troubles.

However, the Croatian - once hailed as the next Jamie Carragher - has struggled to fulfill his true potential in the famous Red shirt, with the Merseysiders slumping to a disappointing sixth-placed finish under Brendan Rodgers last season.

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Although he provided a few glimpses of improvement at the start of this campaign, Lovren's struggles clearly haven't come to an end and that showed with a wretched performance in Liverpool's 3-0 home defeat to West Ham at the end of August.

Similar performances followed, as the Merseyside club went on to win only one of their next seven games prior to the sacking of Rodgers.

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The appointment of new manager Jurgen Klopp was always going to provide the 26-year-old with a great chance to start afresh, given the German's tendency to show huge faith in his players, but it is perhaps the injury to fellow defender Mamadou Sakho that provides the Croation with an even greater platform to silence his band of critics.

Sakho has been ruled out for up to eight weeks after sustaining a knee ligament injury in Liverpool's 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday, with the news coming at a bad time for the club given the Frenchman had established a strong centre-back partnership with Martin Skrtel in recent games.

Klopp will have to decide between Kolo Toure and Lovren himself to partner Skrtel in defence, but the former has often struggled to last on the pitch lately due to constant injuries - something which should place Lovren in line for a return to regular first team football.

Klopp's men face league leaders Manchester City after the international break, presenting an ideal opportunity for Liverpool's most expensive defender to prove his worth against the Premier League's most expensive line-up.

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