Dejan Lovren pleased with Liverpool's defensive display against Leicester City

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Dejan Lovren believes Liverpool's defensive display was a key reason behind his side's victory against Leicester City on Boxing Day.

The Reds welcomed surprise league leaders Leicester who had scored in every single Premier League game and lost just once all season.

Jurgen Klopp's rearguard had the stiff task of neutralising the in-form duo of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, who've netted 28 goals between them this campaign.


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Liverpool's recent defensive performances have been well below par and they had not kept a clean sheet in the league since November heading into the clash.

However, a strong display from their back-four helped the hosts beat the Foxes 1-0 thanks to a 63rd-minute Christian Benteke goal and Lovren feels it was a good defensive performance from every player in a Red shirt.

"We were doing a great job, like a team, defensively. Everyone," the 26-year-old told

"Divock [Origi] in the first half, then [Christian] Benteke after, Roberto [Firmino] - everyone was doing a great defensive job.

"Then, we just need to wait to score to win. [Leicester] had a great last couple of games, they won against big teams, but it's difficult to come to Anfield and [get] something.

"It was a massive win for us because it's Boxing Day and we needed the points because we had not the best game the last time against Watford.

"Today, everything was about a fighting game and I think we showed a great team spirit, [we were] aggressive, attacking all together like a team.

"I saw today, and I think the fans today also saw today, we've been together all the time and fighting.

"Sometimes you don't need to play so good, sometimes you have to fight to win the games."

Lovren return

Lovren limped off in Liverpool's 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion earlier in the month and he was expected to miss the entire Christmas period.

With Martin Skrtel also being substituted against Watford, Klopp looked set to have a sub-par defence to face Leicester.

However, Lovren returned from injury much quicker than first expected and he was top-class against the Foxes.

The Croatia international has had a fair amount of critics since he moved to Liverpool for £20 million from Southampton in 2014 and he struggled to settle during his maiden season at Anfield.

But since Klopp took the reins almost three months ago, Lovren has looked a completely different player and is playing with much more confidence. He was much more composed on the ball and decisive in his decision-making, and he looked a player who has turned a new page.

Nathaniel Clyne also bounced back to form after a rare poor performance against Watford. Clyne's job was to prevent Mahrez providing Vardy with chances from the left-wing and he did so successfully. Except for one effort that stung the gloves of Simon Mignolet, Mahrez was relatively quiet throughout. An early challenge from Clyne let the Algerian feel his presence and he never really recovered from the tackle.

With Skrtel out injured, Lovren has the opportunity to stamp his authority in Liverpool's starting XI. Klopp will be desperate to pick up momentum with games coming thick and fast for the next month. If Lovren continues to play the way he did against Leicester, he may give his manager no choice but to keep him in the team when Skrtel returns.

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