Lovren one game away from World Cup glory
That’s a sentence few of us thought we’d ever see. Liverpool’s often erratic but increasingly popular centre half is on the cusp of greatness with Croatia.
His improved form and impressive performances for his country at the World Cup are a staggering turn around for the towering defender. Last autumn he looked certain to be heading for an Anfield exit following his calamitous performance against Spurs.
This week, following his performance against England, he has had critics purring. Comparisons to Jerome Boetang’s influential performances in Brazil 2014 are not too far wide of the mark. However some caution, as always must be applied for Liverpool fans, as most of us are all too aware.
The Croatian has shown incredible resolve to get to this stage after looking down and out on so many occasions.
His Liverpool career has been blighted by glaring errors. The huge frustration has been the fact that these errors have been sandwiched in between fairly consistent spells for the club.
It has left supporters longing for the Lovren who is capable of holding his position, wonderful tackling and top clas competency with aerial duels. The fact he has won his place back in the team following Van Dijk’s arrival is a further demonstration of his stern character and determination.
He has all the hallmarks of a top class defender, if only he could keep the concentration levels up to the required level. His switch off against Roma in the Champions League led to the ridiculous near comeback of the Italian side. And therein lies the issue.
As long as he has those errors in his game, he will remain a source of weakness for Liverpool. No doubt playing along side a top class defender like Van Dijk has boosted his game, but it will be down to the Croatian to iron out these lapses, which can prove so costly.
His recent self proclamation as one of the best in the world is a bit gruesome to be honest. It does though indicate his massive confidence in this current moment. Hardly a bad thing!
Players always step up on international duty, but his World Cup form and overall improvement in 2018, cannot be overlooked. If he can keep it up then he could end up saving Liverpool a hell of a lot of money.