John Arne Riise's classy tweet to Dejan Lovren after his brutally honest interview

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The name Dejan Lovren will always spark debate when chatting about football in the pub.

Liverpool's Croatian defender has certainly not been the hallmark of consistency since his arrival from Southampton, but his performances have certainly picked up of late.

His darkest hour came earlier in the season when Jurgen Klopp's side were humiliated 4-1 by Tottenham at Wembley, with Lovren at fault on a number of occasions.

It seemed his Liverpool career was over after that performance, but ever since the arrival of Virgil van Dijk - also from Southampton - things have really picked up for him.

Handing a player low on confidence a real leader to improve him, who'd have thought that would work?

Now, Lovren has given a heartfelt interview to the Liverpool Echo about how the club's support helped him bounce back.

LOVREN SPEAKS FROM THE HEART

“In those difficult situations, I saw the support from some really good people like the manager, the club, my team-mates and of course the supporters who are ready always to support you,” Lovren said.

“I said many times I don’t know one player who doesn’t make a mistake, especially a defender and especially how we play at Liverpool.

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“We play a really high line, offensive football and sometimes you are one against one against top strikers and top strikers need just one chance. If they score then they will blame you or someone else.

“I had many times these wrong decisions that I made, sometimes I can accept it, sometimes not because football is like that. But in the end it depends on yourself and whether you are ready to move on or not.

“I think I responded quite well even with some different things around my life, burglars and things like that, so it wasn’t quite easy for me, especially back in October.”

Fair play, Dejan, fair play.

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And, Liverpool legend John Arne Riise - who has criticised the Croat in the past - sent a real classy tweet after reading the interview.

RIISE'S TWEET

Brilliant stuff.

Lovren is likely to be given the nod to partner Van Dijk in tomorrow's big game against Manchester United and he believes the Red Devils will once again adopt a 'negative style'.

“Last time, when they came here, they defended really deep so let’s see what happens now,” he said.

“For them maybe a point will be good but for us, we never play for a point.

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"Mourinho has his own plans, it is not our job to know, it is our job to focus on ourselves and play how we want and how we believe we can beat them.

"We will give our best. We will play like we play every day, attacking football. Let’s enjoy."

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