Lovren preparing for Lukaku battle and 'ugly' Manchester United


Lovren said: "Maybe they are not in the best shape but still they win ugly".

"I am not the kind of mechanic coach that says A pass to B, B to C, C to D. We have different options". What matters is the points.

Croatian defender Lovren suffered a torrid start to this season, with his woeful performance against Tottenham at Wembley a low point as he endured a nightmare performance that saw him substituted by manager Jurgen Klopp after just 31 minutes.

The Liverpool defender was targeted by thieves twice a year ago - while on holiday in Zagreb in June, when cash and jewellery were stolen from his apartment, and while attending the Champions League game against Maribor at Anfield on 1 November when three men attempted to smash their way into the family home. Up until these last few weeks he hadn't, even though he had plenty of goals.

"It was horrific", he said of the attempted burglary.

"It's going to be a very tough game going there, and they have so much quality - but we do as well".

"We have also the possibility of the long ball to [Scott] McTominay and to play against [Andrew] Robertson in the air".

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"I am giving my best to have a quiet life around myself but sometimes it doesn't depend on myself because people just want to come into my home and steal things".

Dean Saunders has SLAMMED Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, insisting he "cannot play at this level" after another terrible performance in Saturday's defeat at Manchester United.

Matip has the edge so far, playing five games with the Holland global in which they have conceded six and kept one clean sheet.

"I think the Chelsea game and today, he's been outstanding in both games".

"Against Palace, there was nothing that happened after our third goal but I told him 'central defender!', so after the third goal he was playing central defender in a back five with [Chris] Smalling and [Victor] Lindelof because I couldn't make any more changes".

"We play really offensive football and sometimes you are one against one against top strikers and top strikers".

"I had many times these wrong decisions that I made, sometimes I can accept it 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".