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Fowler: It Wasn’t Lovren’s Fault

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Former Red thinks Lovren (and Liverpool) will bounce back from the Spurs game.

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Pretty much everyone has weighed in on last Sunday’s disastrous showing against Spurs at this point, and it’s about time that we hear The Voice of God weigh in too. Robbie Fowler sat down with the Liverpool ECHO to talk about everything that went wrong with the game and how, just maybe, it wasn’t all Lovren’s fault.

“I felt sorry for Lovren a little bit,” Fowler said. “Look, he didn't have a good game, but it could have been anyone who got brought off. I felt for him. He's probably taken the brunt of everything this week but it shouldn't just be him.”

“If we're being honest, [Liverpool weren’t] good enough. It wasn't what we've become accustomed to. We didn't play well enough as a team. A few players just never stood up.”

The Tottenham game was the most recent in a series of frustrating performances by Liverpool, and one where the defensive errors that individual players made were particularly apparent. But that was last Sunday. We’ve had practically a week to get over it and for Liverpool and Klopp to get ready for Huddersfield on Saturday. Fowler hopes Klopp has spent most of that time on shoring up the defense (as do we all).

“Sometimes you have to put your hand up and say the other team were better. Spurs were much better on the day,” Fowler added. “Jurgen will have worked on getting things right defensively at Melwood this week. He's a top manager.”

It’s past the point for excusing carelessly (and horrifically) dropped points. Liverpool have an incredible amount of pressure on them to win the Huddersfield game. Given Fowler’s positive outlook, we can probably muster up some cautious optimism about the game.