Much has been made of Liverpool’s failure to sign a central defender this summer.
Jurgen Klopp had his heart set on Virgil van Dijk but failed to sign the Dutchman after Southampton reported Liverpool to the Premier League for the way they approached the player earlier in the transfer window.
If they had signed Van Dijk - or any other central defender for that matter - it’s likely it would have been Dejan Lovren dropping out of Liverpool’s starting XI.
As it is, Lovren is partnering Joel Matip at the heart of defence for Klopp’s side. And it’s not going well so far.
Liverpool have kept just two clean sheets in their 12 matches this season with both Lovren’s and Matip’s defensive ability being called into question.
And now, they have the unenviable task of keeping out a Manchester United side led by Romelu Lukaku.
But Lovren has already had problems ahead of the match.
That’s because the Croat has had to change his number. No, it’s not because of all the abuse he has received from the Liverpool fans but because of all the request for tickets from friends and family.
Lovren on the United clash
“People talk straight away when they find out the fixtures at the beginning of the season,” Lovren told Football Focus ahead of the clash against United.
“’Ah we’ve got Man United in October.’
“Especially the last ten days, people just talk about this game and the demand for tickets is crazy. I wish I could give them away to everyone but it’s not possible.”
Why Lovren has changed his number
And when asked how many requests he’s actually had, Lovren’s figure was fairly underwhelming.
“More than 20,” he said.
“To be honest, I changed my number because of that but it’s something that when you play football, you want to play these games.”
So, Lovren had to change his phone because 20 people asked him for a ticket?