Every Liverpool player should walk away from the team’s 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge feeling satisfied, but none more than Dejan Lovren. He’s arguably shown the most improvement under Jürgen Klopp and the results have been showing for the past several months. On Friday he even achieved another milestone for a player: scoring his first league goal for the his team.
Though Lovren’s side-footed volley off of a set piece was the result of some horrendous marking from the Chelsea defense, the Croatian still did well to exploit that space left open to him and hit the back of the net for Liverpool’s first goal on the night.
Unsurprisingly, Lovren has nothing but kind words for the hug machine who has taken control of the team and guided them to winning 7 points out of a possible 9 away at the Emirates, White Hart Lane, and now Stamford Bridge in the first five games of the season.
About Klopp and the team’s performance, he said, “We know what we need to do when we come to away games, especially against big teams like Chelsea. We are a team who wants to play, who wants to win - we are not a team who will defend deep and await our chances.
“It’s always the same speech [from Klopp], always positive! We need to keep working hard. We’ve had a great week in training so everyone was positive.”
And about his own goal contribution, he goes on to say, “Of course I’m always happy to score but I’m more happy with the performance of the team, I think we played brilliantly, especially in the first half. We controlled our football. [It’s an] Amazing win.”
The Reds have four days rest before their clash with Derby County that will see them try to advance to the next round of the league cup. If the first match in that competition is any indication, Klopp is likely to field a strong starting XI.