Break-ins made me lose my form for Liverpool, says Dejan Lovren

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The January capture of Virgil van Dijk for £75 million meant that the Anfield club emulated the sort of individual spending their rivals have previously undertaken with the Holland player's impact quick to justify that world-record outlay for a defender.

It represented a real low point for Lovren, who admits those few weeks did affect him.

Klopp's men have only lost once in the Premier League since October and the confidence from such an impressive run has proved contagious for Van Dijk.

"He doesn't concede many goals, or his teams don't concede many goals, and I think patience will be key because when you've got a lot of possession against United then I think the most unsafe thing is always to think we'll be fine, we won't concede, now let's commit one or two players more forward, and I think this is where they can hit you".

"If you look at the table, you'll see the number two spot is very important for both of us".

"He has been really good but I think he knows I have that soldier mentality". It's going to be a very interesting game.

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"I had many times when I made these wrong decisions, sometimes I can accept it and sometimes not because football is like that, but in the end, it depends on yourself and whether you are ready to move on or not".

"I've not been here for long, but I feel like we can beat anyone", he told the official Liverpool website.

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"When you look, we still have nine league games to play and everything is open".

Hamann believes Van Dijk is capable of winning a physical battle, with the Dutch defender boasting all of the attributes required to contain a 23-goal striker. There will definitely be still chances - but we will not go there and just sit back.

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