The Fans View

Dear Dejan Lovren

Dear Dejan Lovren,

What a week it's been for you.  A nightmare at Wembley, England's national stadium, against Spurs.  After completely forgetting things such as the offside rule, defending for the first goal you then forgot about the laws of gravity for the second goal.

It can't have been any fun at all to be taken off after 31 minutes (It would have been 27 minutes if the ball hadn't have remained in play for an extraordinary amount of time.)

Soon after the game you disabled comments on Instagram, removed your profile picture temporarily and removed the name of your employer who pays you £5 million a year.

Tough times indeed.

And then 1 of your 800,000 followers, apparently a child, issues you a 'death threat' via the social media commenting function.   A clearly worrying development, but not one you genuinely consider serious judging by your lack of communication to the police.

Better times ahead perhaps? Huddersfield at Anfield?

Jurgen names you in the team - he wants you to prove that last week was just a blip.

No.  Injured in the warm up.  Joel Matip passed the ball to you just that little bit quickly and, ouch, the thigh.

As it was - Liverpool won the game (with a clean sheet) and most LFC fans sighed relief at 3 points over a potential banana skin.

So despite the thigh injuries, the injections, the instagram nutter, the mad half-way line failed header and the general all-round poor play this is the only thing that is important.

You're not good enough to play for Liverpool.

Not the Liverpool we want it to be.  You might be good enough for a Liverpool who have suffered two straight relegations to League One.  Yeah, you could probably do a job there if needed.

But Liverpool in the Champions League? Liverpool wanting to break out of the 4-8 positions of the last 20 years and push for the title? Sorry Dejan, you're not quite up to it.

West Ham. Fenerbahce.  Real Sociedad.  I can picture your future.

Liverpool? No.

I think you know that Virgil van Dijk wasn't planned as Joel Matip's replacement.

I'm happy that you've had mega wages for a few years as a Liverpool player.  Our former manager did make some absolutely mad signings I'm sure you'll agree.  But as far as our future goes you shouldn't be in it.

Best of luck.

  • Magssanguaq Niels Qujaukitsoq

    Dear Mr. Lovren.
    How much life treats you – you must keep your head up high! We fail and make things right. I, as a true Red, would like to give my deepest thanks for all the good things you’ve givin’ to our dearest club – Liverpool Football Club! I would like to give you a notice, that LFC-family, all over the world, backs you 110% of your dedication to this wonderful club! Nobody is perfect and I know, as a man of the world, you are trying your best to make sure you give more than you can give! Do not let anything upset you – you are still our family of LFC! We at The Reds back our family to the end! Just show doubters wrong when you start another game with the best and greatest logo in the world – LFC! You’ll Never Walk Alone – no matter where you go!

  • GoldRat

    Spoken like a true Man Utd fan

  • Henrik Hekke Marcussen

    The Liverpool Way – Support the player. If a player makes an error then he need the support even more.

    Lovren
    are trying his best on the field but has made some errors. He knows it
    and he is the first to criticize himself. I’m sure of that. No it’s not good for his morale to get substituted after 30 mins. But with the right support he will come back stronger.

    Liverpools
    back problems are not only Lovrens fault but a team fault. Everyone
    must do better to protect the goal. I believe Klopp will do the
    everything he can to pick Lovren up and everything he can to get better
    as a team to protect the goal.

    Good luck Lovren. Hope to see you back stronger than ever

  • ACW

    While I agree he is too inconsistent, with too many valleys among so few peaks in form, to play for a club at our level and with our ambitions, Dejan Lovren must shake his head when we sing our usual offering at the beginnings and ends of games. Because even though he is entitled to some harsh criticism for his display versus Spurs, the disproportionate degree to which this man has been abandoned, vilified, threatened, and all that, it most definitely feels like Dejan Lovren is walking alone.

  • glen

    Dear Dejan Lovern’

    May you continue to have a happy and successful football career.
    Your game against Lukaku a few weeks ago was brilliant .
    Keep your head up ,All the best ,

  • Trinired

    Apologies to Anfield Online – forgot that it was a ‘fans’ viewpoint.

  • Trinired

    What is the point of this Opinion piece? There is no ‘opinion’ in there, just a very harsh criticism of a Liverpool player.
    Should Lovren play for Liverpool? No.
    Should he retire from the game and ease off those pills? Definitely.
    Does he need to be constantly berated for his inconsistency and deficiencies as a player? No.
    @Anfield Online – shame for posting this drivel!

  • David Cusack

    4-8 positions in the last 20 years? Erm…

  • Mark Perry

    Send Henderson with him

    • Kj

      And also our freaking clown who calls himself a goalkeeper!! I’d rather see hendo play than the freaking clown!

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