Saturday was not a great day for Dejan Lovren. He's had few good days in red since joining Liverpool last summer, but his performance in the club's 3-0 loss to West Ham was his most highly criticized to date. Fans went over the top in their abuse of the player on his own social media accounts, but the defender was the first to admit that his performance was not up snuff.
"The first minute after the second goal I wanted to go under the table," Lovren confessed, "but in these moments you need to keep your head up. I tried everything but it was a bad decision. Mistakes happen. Things like that happen but I don't think it will shake myself and the team.
"I am the first one disappointed with myself but now we have to go away with the national teams and in two weeks we have Manchester United. We need to now keep our heads up in the tough moments but you see other clubs losing at home and we wish we could have taken 10 points from the four games but we didn't."
As uninspiring as Liverpool's performance was, Lovren's right that in the larger Premier League context Liverpool's fate isn't actually looking too bad. The club are tied at seven points with both Arsenal and Manchester United, and a full three points above Chelsea in the table. Brendan Rodgers will have wanted to take advantage of the misfortunes of those contending for a Top Four space in the table, but at the very least Liverpool aren't yet performing worse than their rivals.
Still, it's tough for fans to sit through matches as bad as Saturday's week in and week out, and like his manager before him, Lovren thinks Liverpool can only go up from here.
"We need to forget this and I know we will be better," the defender continued. "We need to do it because of us and the fans. We didn't deserve this."