Dejan Lovren would have left Selhurst Park with mixed emotions on Saturday evening, after scoring with a header to regain the lead for Liverpool after gifting Crystal Palace an equaliser.
The Croatian centre-back's poor header fell kindly for James McArthur to equalise after 18 minutes, only for the Reds to go on and win comfortably - despite the scoreline reading 4-2.
Jurgen Klopp has built a seriously intimidating attacking force at Anfield this season, although the defensive side of their game is something for the German to hopefully mull over for the coming weeks, rather than months.
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Lovren highlighted the Reds' defensive frailties on Saturday and has admitted he was left angry by his mistake which could have jeopardised Liverpool's afternoon. But the Croatia international soon made amends, with a goal of his own just three minutes later.
Liverpool have announced themselves to the rest of the Premier League as serious title contenders this season, but while Manchester City and Arsenal, amongst others, may be considered the Reds' 'conventional' biggest opponents, Lovren has a very different idea.
As per the Mirror, Lovren said: “I think we have shown this year that we can play against the big teams, we are not scared. It’s just....I think the biggest opponent for us is us.
“If you want to be in the top four at the end of the season or be champion, you need to win the smaller games like today and even the next game against Watford. And then we will see against the big teams."
Burnley is the only blemish on what has otherwise been an unbeaten start to the season for Liverpool, with the club currently joint top of the Premier League with Manchester City and Arsenal, on 23 points.
However, as Lovren has alluded to, it's up to Klopp's men to avoid complacency against the smaller clubs, if they are to win their first league title in the Premier League era. But for the Croatian, Liverpool won't fall short for his own lack of passion to succeed.
"I was definitely angry." Lovren admitted. "The lads asked me in the dressing room ‘what did you want to do when you scored the goal’. I said I wanted to jump into the crowd. I don’t know why.
“Yeah, in with the Palace fans. I don’t know, just to be....I didn’t know what to do. I would say I didn’t deserve this, you know.
“I said to myself it’s not possible, I am working too hard to do a mistake and to lose the game. I just forgot and I keep on moving on and I said I was angry and I wanted to score the goal.”
Coutinho the best
But while it was an up and down fixture for Liverpool in south London, Lovren is relishing the fact that Philippe Coutinho's class for the Reds could be a decisive factor in what Klopp's side achieve this season.
“In my opinion, yes (Coutinho is the best player in the league), of course. I have the pleasure to play with this guy. He is playing for Brazil as well." Lovren added.
"When a team works really good then this individual comes out and I think it was Philippe Coutinho.
“Coutinho was not just outstanding this time, he was like this last year, from the first day, but especially this time, he had perfect crosses."
The Brazilian, alongside compatriot Roberto Firmino, is Liverpool's top scorer so far this season, with five goals, but lapses in concentration and discipline at the back have already cost the Reds this campaign - with goal difference the only factor keeping Klopp's men off top spot.
Liverpool have a long way to go before title talk can really begin, but the same also applies to rest of the league's teams. And Lovren can only hope that the work on the training pitch will help to solidify their defence sooner rather than later.
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