Liverpool defenders more like midfielders – Lovren

Date published: Monday 31st July 2017 12:00

Dejan Lovren says that life as a Liverpool can often be more like playing as a midfielder.

Lovren joined the Reds in summer 2014 from Southampton, and has endured a mixed time at Anfield thus far.

He has been a staple of the first team since Jurgen Klopp’s appointment as manager in October 2015, but has found it difficult to acclimatise to the German’s demanded playing style.

When asked by ESPN whether pressing high up the pitch was difficult to adjust to, Lovren replied: “Yes.

“You’re more of a midfielder than a defender through that but we have good players and need to be that high because we’ve got the people who can change the match in one moment. That’s why the system is good.

“It is sometimes risky, but if you don’t risk anything in life you will never win anything. The boss always implements new ideas and we’ve put them into operation pretty well last season.

“He [Klopp] always makes sure he puts us into a good mood. He always sees the positive side of things.

“Sure, he’ll be angry following a defeat but he’ll try to get the good things out of a bad match even then. His communication with the players is very good.”

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