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Dejan Lovren: Premier League’s Most Error-Prone Defender

LovrenHe cost Liverpool FC £20 million during the summer, and was meant to be the rock at the back as the club pushed for their first Premier League title since the 1989-90 season. With Liverpool keeping a clean sheet in just 18% of all matches this season, Anfield’s famous Kop are starting to think the signing of Croatian defender Dejan Lovren has backfired…but should they be so surprised?

Liverpool, who had high hopes this season after finishing 2nd in last season’s Premier League, languish in 11th spot with just 14 points after 11 rounds, conceding 15 goals in the process. There are eleven players on the pitch and four at the back, so the finger can not squarely be pointed at the former Dinamo Zagreb centre-back. Maybe not, but stats don’t lie, and one stat, courtesy of Squawka.com, that will be of concern to coach Brendan Rodgers, and Croatia boss Niko Kovač for that matter, is that currently Lovren has made more defensive errors in the Premier League this season than anyone else.

In contrast to Lovren’s awful start to the season, the club he was signed from last season, Southampton, are currently enjoying a defensive renaissance which sees them lie 2nd in the Premier League, conceding just 5 goals in the process.

Saying that Lovren has failed to live up to the high expectations the Liverpool fans had when he was unveiled back in July is an understatement. Anfield’s faithful might not have been expecting the £20 million former Lyon man to make such diabolical errors as the positional one he made when Chelsea scored their opener on the weekend in their 2:1 victory over the reds, but those more accustomed to them may not be so surprised.

Lovren poorly out of position against Chelsea on the weekend

Lovren poorly out of position against Chelsea on the weekend

A number of football analysts in his native Croatia have questioned his ability at times, and highlighted his susceptibility to mistakes. Belgium striker Romelu Lukaka and Scotland’s Robert Snodgrass, just two who know them very well. Both capitalizing on Lovren’s positional errors during Croatia’s last World Cup qualifying campaign.

Lovren may need time to settle into his new club and may well become the best defender the club has ever had, but those who raised their eyebrows at the £20 million fee have so far been proven right.

Dejan Lovren Ruled out of EURO 2016 Qualifiers

CroatiaCroatia’s Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has been ruled out of upcoming EURO 2016 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Azerbaijan…

Croatia flew out to Sofia today from Zagreb minus Lovren, who was forced to withdraw from the side due to a abdominal injury. The centre-back felt pain in his abdomen during Wednesday’s training session, and after a check up from the medical team, Lovren was ruled out for the matches against Bulgaria on Friday, and Azerbaijan next week.

Coach Niko Kovač has called up defender Gordon Schildenfeld, who joined the squad last night.

[VIDEO] Lovren Scores on Liverpool Debut

CroatiaLiverpool’s new Croatian signing Dejan Lovren could not have dreamed for a better start to his career at Liverpool…

Playing in his first match for the Reds, the former Southampton centre-back gave Liverpool a 2-0 lead over German side Borussia Dortmund in the 14th minute in a friendly on Sunday. Lovren, who started the match, met a Steven Gerrard corner with his head to send Liverpool on their way. Liverpool won the match 4-0. (pic: Liverpool FC Twitter)

Dejan Lovren Unable to Join Teammates after U.S Visa Problems

CroatiaNew Liverpool signing Dejan Lovren was bought down to earth with a thud just days after signing a 25 million euro deal with the Merseyside giants…

Lovren is unable to join his new team-mates in America where they are currently on a pre-season tour after the US Embassy in London told the Croatia centre-back that he had to wait at least 10 days for a visa to enter the US. Daily Jutarnji list reports that Lovren was told at the embassy that it did not matter that he was a Liverpool player and that he would have to wait like everybody else.

“Unfortunately I could not get a visa straight away. Therefore I can not join my team-mates in the US. I am sad because of that,” Lovren said after hearing the news.

The former Southampton defender will train with Liverpool’s U-21 side as he awaits the return of Brendan Rogers and his side from the US next week.

Lovren Becomes Most Expensive Defender in Liverpool History

Croatia“It’s a dream come true, I am glad to be here, I am proud and I can’t wait to start,” that is what 25 million euro Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren said after becoming the most expensive defender in Liverpool FC’s history…

Lovren is now the 3rd most expensive Croatian signing, behind Luka Modrić and Mario Mandžukić, and the 5th most expensive signing in Liverpool history, behind Andy Carroll, Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres and Adam Lallana, but he is not the first Croat at the club.

“I am glad to be the second Croatian at the club. I have spoken to Igor (Bišćan) a few times and he told me positive things about the club. He told me I will realise what it means to play at Anfield,” said Lovren, before adding.

“Liverpool is more than a club,” said Lovren, who penned a 25 million euro deal yesterday.

Lovren won’t have to wait long before facing his former team-mates Southampton, Liverpool play Southampton on the opening day of the season.

Lovren to Liverpool, Strinić to West Ham

CroatiaThere will be another Croat playing this season in the English Premier League with news that Croatia defender Ivan Strinić is in London where he is set to sign a deal with West Ham United…

The 27-year left back will undergo a medical today in London before putting pen to paper, according to the British press. The West Ham squad are currently in New Zealand as part of their pre-season preparations. Meanwhile Dejan Lovren’s transfer to Liverpool is expected to be confirmed this week. It has been reported by local media that the Saint’s centre-back will move to Anfield Road for 20 million euros.

Dejan Lovren Statistically the Best Defender in the English Premier League

Dejan-LovrenFormer Dinamo Zagreb centre-back Dejan Lovren is continuing to forge an impressive record in arguably the toughest league in the world – the English Premier League…

The 24-year-old Croatian international, who signed for Southampton in the summer from French club Lyon for £8.5 million, has statistically been the best defender in the Premier League this season, according to portal Whoscored.

The popular football portal, which uses a mathematical formula to calculate players performances each week, has Lovren with an average rating of 7.59, which is higher than any other defender in the Premier League. Lovren eased his way into the Best Premier League XI.

Best Premier League XI: Szczesny (Arsenal, 7,2) – Debuchy (Newcastle, 7,5), Jagielka (Everton, 7,5), Lovren (Southampton, 7,6), Evra (Man. United, 7,4) – Ramsey (Arsenal, 8,0), Gerrard (Liverpool, 7,7), Y. Touré (Man. City 7,6), Hazard (Chelsea, 7,5) – Agüero (Man. City 7,8), Suarez (Liverpool, 8,7).

Croatia’s Most Followed Tweeters

TwitterFootballers and musicians have dominated the list of the most followed Croatian personalities on social network Twitter in 2013.

Comfortably in number one position was Bayern Munich striker Mario Manđžukić with more than 160,000 followers. Giant tennis player Ivo Karlović, renowned for his humourous tweets, was in second place with over 63,000 followers. Pop singer Nina Badrić was in third place with over 43,000 followers. Twitter is still not that popular amongst Croatian personalities with many opting not to have a profile on the popular social media network.

The Top 10 Most Followed Croatian Personalities are:

1. Mario Manđžukić (Football) – 160k
2. Ivo Karlović (Tennis) – 63k
3. Nina Badrić (Singer) –  43k
4. Eduardo da Silva (Football) –  38k
5. Dejan Lovren (Football) –  36k
6. 2Cellos (Music) – 22k
7. Mladen Petrić (Football) – 19k
8. Croatian Government – 18k
9. Fani Stipković (TV Presenter) 15k
10. Jelena Rozga (Singer) –  13k

Croatian FA Fines Lovren and Strinić €20,000

CroatiaCroatian defenders Dejan Lovren and Ivan Strinić are both 20,000 euros lighter after the Croatian FA fined both players for an on-field dispute during Croatia’s horror 2-0 loss to Scotland.

Captain Darijo Srna had to break the pair up after Lovren kicked-off at Strinić in the 73rd minute after Scotland’s Steven Naismith pounced on Stipe Pletikosa’s penalty save. Lovren blamed Strinić for not reacting quicker and made his feelings clear to the Dnipro left-back, with the pair nearly coming to blows.

“Maybe I over-reacted. It happened in the heat of the battle. I have talked it over with Ivan and all is ok,” said Southampton’s Lovren.
The Croatian FA agreed that he over-reacted, handing out a 20,000 euro fine to both players.

Croat Ecstatic After Debut Premier League Goal Sinks League Leaders Liverpool

Dejan Lovren“I’m so happy, It’s an amazing feeling! Thanks to all my teammates and fans for support,” said an excited Dejan Lovren after he headed home the winner in Southampton’s 1:0 win over league leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

The Croatia centre back, who joined Southampton from French club Lyon during the summer on a four-year deal worth an estimated £8.5 million, needed just 5 matches to find the back of the net when he rose and headed home in the second half. Lovren’s header sent the Saint’s into third spot on the table. Croatian international’s Mario Manđžukić and Ivica Olić also found the back of the over the weekend for their respective clubs in Germany’s Bundesliga.