It was awfully sad to see the level of abuse aimed at Dejan Lovren on social media.
The Liverpool defender shared an image of a death threat he has received on Instagram following his disastrous performance in the 4-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
Lovren responded by writing on Instagram: “I don't mind when people talk s*** about me, it's more about them.
“But I cannot ignore when my family is threatened. I just can't and won't accept that.
Lovren has endured an extremely tough fortnight.
He was replaced after just 31 minutes against Spurs after making errors for the opening two goals.
The Croatian defender was hit with a flurry of abuses messages on social media after his performance, so much so that he removed the photo of himself in a Liverpool shirt as his Instagram profile picture.
Lovren’s problems continued this past weekend when he had to withdraw from the starting line-up to face Huddersfield after suffering an injury in the warm-up.
Liverpool fans are doing something nice for Lovren
Liverpool supporters pride themselves on their togetherness - the club’s motto, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, proves that - and they’ve responded to Lovren’s abuse in a classy way.
Several fans are making a late push to try to get the centre-back to win the club’s Player of the Month award for October.
At the time of writing, Lovren has received 9 per cent of the votes. That’s the third-highest total and it’s unlikely he will surpass Mohamed Salah, who has received 55 per cent of votes.
Still, it’s a nice gesture to a player whose confidence is pretty low right now.
Here’s what Liverpool fans are tweeting.
Klopp has shown support for Lovren
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has shown his support for Lovren, insisting he has more positive things to say about the defender than negative ones.
"I don't wish one of you to have your mistakes discussed in public,” Lovren told the media, per Independent.ie. “You cannot even imagine how it feels.
"We had a normal week. Of course it's not the nicest week in Dejan's life but it's only football. People don't become a better or a worse person through making a mistake in a football game.
"If I think about Dejan, I have much more positive things than negative things.”
It seems some people need reminding that, despite the wealth, footballers still have feelings.
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