Too fresh in the memory is Liverpool’s defeat to Burnley a month ago. But it’s not so much the Burnley match alone that gives supporters nightmares. In recent seasons, Liverpool have often struggled against newly-promoted or weaker sides, if you like. At one time or another, each of us has been found watching a match with a sadly sullen face as the team surrendered to all manner of plucky, we-should-be-beating-them opposition. But, with Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool now rolling up to a confidence peak, the vibe in the dressing room is reaching maximum disco. Ahead of the weekend’s match against Hull City, Dejan Lovren insists that the wrongs of those capitulations have been righted and Liverpool will enter into the future of Saturday evening as victors over the Tigers.
“We learned from our mistakes in the past,” said Lovren, “and we know what we can expect from Hull.
“They are a good team, defending well, so it will be tough definitely. But if we play like against Derby and in the games before then we won’t have a problem.”
Lovren broke his Premier League duck scoring the opener against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last week. The Croatian defender took advantage of a moment of mass confusion in the Chelsea defense, but it was a well-timed strike and Thibaut Courtois had very little opportunity to react. 1-0 to the Reds and the momentum of that opening goal saw us through to the win.
“It was the right place, right moment,” he said. “But the most important thing is the team, getting the three points or going through to the next round.”
With Dejan Lovren finally working his way onto the scoresheet, the onus is now on the others in the backline to follow suit.
“Hopefully we will have a couple more defenders scoring this year,” he said.
If Nathaniel Clyne scores against Hull I might just actually I can’t even finish this sentence. Heart palpitations, heart palpitations.