John Arne Riise slams Dejan Lovren for his comments on Romelu Lukaku's kick

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There weren't too many talking points from the bore 0-0 draw between Liverpool and Manchester United on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho carried out his gameplan to perfection, leaving Liverpool frustrated.

David de Gea producing a first-half wonder save from Joel Matip and Romelu Lukaku being fairly underwhelming were the two most interesting takeaways from the match.

But it's an incident involving the Belgian striker that is making headlines on Tuesday.

Moments after missing a glorious chance, Lukaku appeared to clash with Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren. Replays showed Lukaku’s boot catching Lovren in the face but it was difficult to see whether it was intentional or not.

The FA have announced that Lukaku wouldn’t face any further punishment but one man is convinced the former Everton striker did it on purpose.

That man? Lovren himself.

Lovren's comments on Lukaku

"My honest view is that he did it on purpose," Lovren said.

"He was over me, he could have moved away. Even if he did it normally he would apologise after that, but I saw he was nervous during the game so maybe that was also the reason."

Asked whether he was disappointed Belgium striker Lukaku would not face any further punishment, Lovren said: "This is not my decision. I cannot say I am disappointed but it is what it is.

"We need to move on. That is football, part of the game."


But speaking about the incident days afterward isn’t going to change anything. It’s already been decided that Lukaku isn’t going to be punished, so why does Lovren feel the need to bring it up?

Riise hits back

One man that isn’t too happy with Lovren’s comments is former Liverpool icon John Arne Riise.

Riise took to Twitter to criticise Lovren’s decision to speak about Lukaku’s flying boot days after the game.

“Please Lovren. Just get on with it and let it go. Game is done and you should use your energy focusing on your game and our team,” he tweeted.

That being said, Lovren produced a very decent performance against the £75 million forward on Saturday, allowing him just one chance during the 90 minutes.

Maybe he needs to just concentrate on maintaining that level instead of complaining about getting kicked in the face.

After all, he’s supposed to be a tough-tackling defender.

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