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Robbie Fowler explains what he told Dejan Lovren in February 2015

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Dejan Lovren’s Liverpool career hasn’t exactly been an overwhelming success since his £20 million move in the summer of 2014.

The Croatian international suffered a difficult debut campaign at Anfield as Brendan Rodgers’ side finished a disappointing sixth place.

Lovren was heavily criticised for his performances throughout that season - especially when he blazed a penalty over against Besiktas in the Europa League to eliminate Liverpool in February 2015.

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However, since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp last October, Lovren has established himself as a first-choice centre-back and has consistently produced solid performances. He formed a solid partnership with Mamadou Sakho and was the hero during Liverpool's incredible 4-3 victory over Borussia Dortmund by scoring the injury-time winner.

This season, Lovren has now been partnered with Joel Matip with Sakho being exiled as the duo look to improve Liverpool's defensive record.

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While Lovren no doubt deserves plenty of credit for turning his Liverpool career around, there is someone else that may have played his part.

That man is club legend, Robbie Fowler.

But how did Fowler help Lovren transform his Liverpool career? Well, let the former striker explain for himself.

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"No matter what some fans say about him, Dejan Lovren is an excellent defender, who has all the attributes to be top class," he wrote in the Mirror.

"I know he made that big error last week, but look how he reacted afterwards.

"He’s got character, and I’ve told him that. When he was going through a particularly bad patch not too long after he arrived at Anfield, he missed a penalty in a shoot-out against Besiktas that knocked them out of the UEFA Cup.

"I messaged him and just told him to keep his head up. I’m not claiming any credit for anything he does now, but I’m trying to make the point I always rated him."

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Liverpool may currently find themselves in a title battle but there are doubts over their defence. Jurgen Klopp’s side have conceded 13 goals in 10 matches and they will need to tighten up at the back if they are to win their first league title since 1990.

While Liverpool fans may fear that they’re always on the verge of conceding, Fowler doesn’t appear to have any worries whatsoever - especially about Lovren.

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