Tag: Dejan Lovren

Dejan Lovren: Reds defender blames bad form on ‘horrific’ break-ins

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

Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren angry after ‘disgusting’ death threats

Liverpool and Croatia defender Dejan Lovren has branded death threats made against his family as “disgusting” in a post on his Instagram story.

Lovren, 28, was heavily criticised for his performance in the Reds’ 4-1 Premier League defeat at Tottenham on 22 October.

He posted a screengrab of a direct message he had received from another Instagram user which read “I’m gonna murder ur family u Croatian prick”.

The player went on to post “horrible what kind of people we have” before adding in a second image: “I don’t mind when people talk shit about me, it says more about them! But I cannot ignore when my family is threatened. I just can’t and won’t accept that. Disgusting.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp last week had also defended Lovren despite substituting him just 31 minutes into their defeat at Tottenham.

While the German was set to start Lovren once more on Saturday’s home game against Huddersfield, the player withdrew through injury in the game which Liverpool won by 3-0.

Before the match, Klopp has likened the media reaction to Lovren’s performance against Tottenham to people “watching an accident”.

“You are the kind of people standing around with smartphones instead of helping,” said the German. “I’m not this kind of person.”

“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.”

Merseyside Police are aware of the matter but has said that there has been no official complaint as of yet.

Virgil van Dijk: defender has ‘no regrets’ over transfer request

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has insisted that he has “no regrets” over his failed transfer request submitted in hopes of a move to Liverpool, and reiterated his desire to leave, possibly in January.

Van Dijk, 26, submitted a transfer request in August and made it plain he wanted a move to Anfield.

However, Southampton reported Liverpool to the Premier League for an alleged illegal approach in June as the transfer collapsed and the Merseyside club were forced into apology.

In a bid to defuse the situation, the Reds also promised they would back away from the former Celtic player as Southampton refused to buckle during the summer window. In the struggle, van Dijk, who also signed a new six-year contract in May 2016, was ordered by club coach Mauricio Pellegrino to train alone in July.

However, he had since made his way back into the Saints first-team, beginning with a substitute appearance against Crystal Palace and then finally making a start on Saturday but gave away a penalty in a 2-1 defeat at Stoke City.

The Dutch defender, who was signed from Celtic for £13m in September 2013, even went on to reignite speculation of a departure from St. MAry’s while on international duty.

“Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what’s possible,” he said.

On the failed switch to Merseyside, he added: “I have no regrets. I wanted to go one step up, but eventually Southampton did not want to let me go. You’re a professional, so now I’ll give everything to the club.”

For Liverpool, their failure to secure the defender meant depleted resources at the back, with Dejan Lovren admitting he is taking painkillers to get him through games and is unable to train because of back and achilles problems.

Lovern is also miss Croatia’s World Cup qualifier with Finland on Friday, and Croatia manager Ante Cacic has already confirmed that the centre-half will be unavailable for the crucial Group I qualifier.