If Dejan Lovren thought he would get some sympathy after he revealed his injury problems, he was sadly mistaken.
The much-criticised defender explained that he has been in so much pain this season that he hasn’t been able to train and has to take painkillers to get him through matches.
"I have problems with my whole body for the last two weeks, my back and now I have hurt my Achilles tendon. I am taking pills so I can play, five before every game,” he said.
"I play but I cannot train at all. That's why I skipped matches against Manchester City and Burnley."
It certainly would some way to explaining some of Lovren’s performances this season.
The Croat has been blamed for making numerous errors in recent weeks - most notably during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League.
But, as we say, Lovren isn't getting much sympathy.
But the most brutal response to his confession actually came from a former Liverpool player.
Didi Hamann, who played for Liverpool for seven seasons, had an extremely harsh reply to Lovren’s interview with the Liverpool Echo.
The Echo published the article with the headline: ‘Dejan Lovren on how he's taking five pills to get through every #LFC game…’
Hamann's savage response
“I’m taking 8 pills to be able to watch him every week.”
Hamann has previous
And it’s not the first time Hamann has slammed Lovren recently.
After that terrible mistake against Sevilla, the former midfielder questioned why he’s starting ahead of Ragnar Klaven.
"In defence, you have the likes of Moreno and Lovren – I’d have question marks over these two and Klavan who was a sub tonight," Hamann said.
"I have rarely seen a more unbalanced squad in Liverpool’s history. It’s very top heavy. In a recent game they win 4-0, they lose 5-0 and tonight they give the game away. They are always prone to mistakes. I don’t think this team is going anywhere."
We don’t think Hamann rates Lovren very highly…
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