Dejan Lovren is confident that Liverpool’s squad has the personnel and experience to execute Jürgen Klopp’s game plan, regardless of whether the boss opts to field three or four at the back.
Alongside Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan, Lovren played as one third of the Reds’ central-defensive backline at Stoke City last weekend – a match that saw the visitors recover from a goal down at the break to run out 2-1 winners.
Klopp admitted afterwards that his players hadn’t had sufficient time to work on that system ahead of the clash at the bet365 Stadium, which came just three days after the manager had switched to three at the back for the closing stages of his side’s 2-2 home draw with Bournemouth.
But while acknowledging that having the chance to hone the craft of playing in a different formation in training is important, Lovren believes there is enough adaptability among Klopp’s defensive options to carry out whatever instructions the German issues.
“Whether you have three or four at the back, in the end you’re still a defender!” the Croatia international told Liverpoolfc.com.
“Everyone knows it’s a totally different system than when you have four at the back. Sometimes when you have three it can be better, because when you’re attacking you have three guys defending.
“But if you don’t understand well the situations [that come from playing three at the back], I think you also need to have the time to train on the pitch.