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Liverpool defender Lovren receives family death threat from fan

8:17 AM EDT 10/31/17
Dejan Lovren Liverpool 2017
The defender's performances have come in for criticism recently, with a fan overstepping the mark with a disgusting message on social media

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has revealed that a supporter has targeted his family in a death threat message sent on social media.

The Croatian centre-back has attracted criticism in recent weeks for his performances for the Anfield club, with his showing against Tottenham at Wembley seeing him withdrawn after just 31 minutes.

Spurs would go on to win that game 4-1, with Lovren then missing the 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town having pulled up in the warm-up prior to the game.

But the 28-year-old has now revealed that he received a disgusting death threat on social media, insisting that while he can accept criticism coming his way, he will not tolerate fans overstepping the mark.

The message, seemingly sent directly to the player on Instagram, read: "I'm gonna murder ur family u Croatian p***"

Former Liverpool full-back John Arne Riise also expressed his dismay and anger at the supporter, writing on Twitter: "Disgraceful to read about the comments toward Lovren and his family! Those are not fans! Shocking!

"You can talk about performances and playing good or bad. That’s part of the game. Keep family and stupid comments out of it! You go Lovren."

Lovren has made 12 appearances for Liverpool so far this season, with manager Jurgen Klopp publicly defending the player following the recent criticism that has come his way.