Dejan Lovren claimed that an attempted break-in at his Liverpool home had a “horrific” impact on his family and affected his performances.
The Croatian international was targeted by thieves twice last year — first while on holiday in Zagreb in June, and then while attending the Champions League game against Maribor at Anfield on 1 November. In the latter case, Lovren’s wife and children were inside.
Still, his low point on the pitch his season — the 4-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur — occurred 10 days before the attempted burglary he says the incident had a profound effect, although he believes the support of everyone at Liverpool helped his recovery.
“People look at football, they don’t look at what is going on around the life,” Lovren said. “Some people can understand that, some people not, but in these 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.”
“It is not easy because we are also humans and everyone has problems. I don’t know who hasn’t had some. I am giving my best to have a quiet life but sometimes it doesn’t depend on myself because people just want to come into my home and steal some things, even though I have nothing in my home. Unfortunately my wife was in and two kids. It was horrific.”
Liverpool will visit fierce rivals Manchester United on Saturday as Jurgen Klopp’s team look to claim an opportunity to retake second place in the Premier League table.
“Maybe they are not in the best shape but still they win ugly. What matters is the points. It will be a tough challenge definitely.”
“Last time, when they came here, they defended really deep so let’s see what happens now. I think they will do that again. They need the points. For them maybe a point is good but we never play for a point. We will play like we play every day, attacking football. Let’s enjoy.”
Manchester United 2 – 0 Liverpool