On Friday, news erupted that under-fire defender Dejan Lovren penned a new contract with Liverpool, which would last until 2021.
To put it lightly, this judgement by manager Jurgen Klopp was greeted with a lot of divisive views on social media. The majority of Reds fans were in absolute disarray following the announcement; many believing he shouldn’t have a first-team role next season & the consensus he is simply not good enough.
However, more ardent Liverpool supporters will claim that Lovren has improved since his tumultuous first season at the Reds, and deserves to be rewarded with this extension. But, it appears that this breed of fans are lessening as the centre-back continues to turn in more unreliable performances.
Klopp compounded matters, when he made the following comments on Lovren’s four-year deal:
“I am really happy about this decision[…] in a situation like this, you really have to look from the outside. If Dejan played for another club, you would think about signing him[…] I don’t know exactly about it but I heard about a difficult start at Liverpool, but he has really settled, so that’s really good, really good. He is physically strong, he is quick and he is a good footballer.
The manager is beginning to bear the brunt of the fans’ anger, and you have to say, he hasn’t particularly aided his connection with the supporters with these comments. That said, I do believe there are coexisting issues with the hypocrisy in subsets of the fanbase.
I will address all of these in this article – but please note, this does not imply that I am a fan of Dejan Lovren or advocate his new contract.
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