Klopp on Lovren claims: ‘Hummels made bigger mistakes’

Date published: Wednesday 25th April 2018 7:51

Jurgen Klopp has defended Dejan Lovren after the Liverpool centre-half handed Roma a Champions League semi-final lifeline.

Liverpool beat Roma 5-2 in the first leg of their semi-final on Tuesday, but the Reds had led the Italians 5-0 at one stage.

A Lovren mistake let in Edin Dzeko to pull one back, while a contentious penalty allowed Roma to secure two away goals.

Liverpool are still the overwhelming favourites to advance to next month’s final – and we still defy you not to enjoy them – but Klopp was made to defend Lovren at the final whistle.

“We were completely solid in defence,” he said. “It happens one time they play a long ball into the box, which we had defended before and was not even a chance.

“That can happen, it is nothing to do with defending and it’s not about criticism.

“I know what people say, ‘that’s Dejan Lovren – world-class and then one mistake’, yet all the big ones make mistakes.

“That happens constantly. Mats Hummels made bigger mistakes, to be honest, and he is a world-class centre-half. It’s not about that.

“We didn’t give any space away; it was not that we were completely open because we are all offensive and then they had one chance after the other.

“It was not like that, we controlled the game in a very nice football way – good to watch, even for me.

“Now it is not over, that’s why somebody thought, ‘let’s play one leg here and one leg in Rome’. It is more exciting and that’s what we do now.”


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