Jurgen Klopp and Slaven Bilic stand in support of Lovren after death threats
Dejan Lovren has been given strong support by his manager, Jürgen Klopp, and West Ham’s Slaven Bilic after the defender received death threats on social media this week.
Liverpool travel to the London Stadium on Saturday and Lovren will be assessed on his fitness after he sustained an injury during the warm-up before last week’s match against Huddersfield. After his dismal performance in the defeat against Tottenham, the Croat suffered a torrent of media criticism and online abuse and had his house burgled. This week has ended more happily, with Lovren voted Liverpool’s player of the month in a show of support from fans.
Klopp said of the award:
“It only shows how fans are different from people who are very loud on social media. That’s how I see it. In the more difficult moments you have to really show togetherness and I could not imagine the fans would react that quick.
“I really like the fact they did it, that our fans showed: ‘No, that’s not the truth.’ Yes, we make mistakes. Dejan made a mistake or two in a game but that’s not a problem, we still can show togetherness. That’s how it is.”
The Liverpool manager also claimed that he always advises his players to not to go through things on the social media, the criticism they face are opinions of a particular person and they need not be right about everything.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has also shown a lot support to Lovren. Bilic was the man to give Lovren his first international cap when he was in charge of Croatia.
West Ham boss, Slaven Bilic said:
“Lovren is a really good lad, an honest lad, he never makes any excuses, he’s a top centre-back.A top centre-back has his problems now and then. He makes mistakes, sometimes they are his mistakes, sometimes he’s making up for somebody else. But he’s also very unlucky; when he makes his mistakes, it doesn’t come back off the post, it’s a goal.
It’s not easy to play centre-back for Liverpool because of where they stand. Take the way Real Madrid played against Spurs and they had probably the best centre-back in the world in Sergio Ramos. When he’s exposed on such a big space against Dele Alli and Harry Kane, he doesn’t look good. It’s very hard to play centre-back.”
According to West ham boss Lovren will step up again and will score a match winning goal just like the one he scored against Dortmund in Europa League quarter final in 2016, and he will again emerge as a hero like figure among the fans. He claimed thath its exactly how the society is, the fans want instant success and they want it now and want it forever.
Bilic also slammed the people who criticised Lovren as a bad way of expressing their disappointment with the player and they should be ashamed of themselves.