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The Croatian made his debut for the Anfield club in Sunday's friendly against Borussia Dortmund and Goal takes a look at his performance

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren made his debut in their final pre-season fixture of the season at home to Borussia Dortmund.

The 25-year-old lined up alongside Martin Skrtel in a defence that also consisted of Glen Johnson and fellow new arrival, Javier Manquillo.

Goal takes a look at how the former Southampton star fared at Anfield, while also pondering what the future may hold for him this season...


The Croatia international made his debut for the club following his £20 million arrival from St Mary’s and it couldn’t have begun in finer fashion. 

After Daniel Sturridge’s early goal within the opening ten minutes, Lovren doubled his side’s lead with a header from a corner just moments later after being left unmarked in the box. 

His goal was aided by the fact goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak was blocked off by his own teammate and, as both posts were left without players on, Lovren simply guided the ball into the corner.

But he had little to do, defensively, against a Dortmund side who start their season against Bayern Munich in the final of the DFL Supercup on Wednesday.

So, having had just two training sessions for the club since arrival, scoring a goal on his debut and helping Liverpool end their pre-season with a clean sheet is not a bad day's work.


His arrival at Anfield along with former teammates Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert should see him settle fairly quickly into his new surroundings this season, if his debut goal isn't testament to that already.

And at 25, he can also make this position his own for the foreseeable future, succeeding Jamie Carragher in his role at the heart of the Reds defence for years to come.

He has been tipped for big things by many, including Carragher himself, who feels he has the potential to one day captain the club in the future.

With rumours of Daniel Agger departing the club amid interest from Brondby, Lovren's role at the club could become even more important this season as they fight on both domestic and European fronts.


Liverpool may have lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona this summer, but matches such as the win against Dortmund demonstrates their goalscoring ability still remains.

Scoring has not been an issue for Liverpool. It is no secret that their defence last season was their downfall as their 50 goals conceded in the league was worse than any other top-four side.

If Lovren can help shore up that record to provide better balace between their strong attacking flair and ability to stop goals at the other end, then his arrival will have paid off.

But at £20 million, his price-tag represents a big investment from Brendan Rodgers, both financially and personally. He is the man he is entrusting to help improve their defensive fortunes.

Should he do that, he will be a considered a great success and the likely long-term replacement for Carragher. But if there isn't significant improvement, then the signing of Lovren might raise a few eye-brows.

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