The Liverpool defender admits that he wasn’t at his best but says that he has been made the scapegoat for his club’s failings last season
The Croatian international signed for the Reds last summer from Southampton after commanding displays for the Saints but his debut season in Merseyside was nightmarish in nature with the former Olympique Lyonnais man unable to replicate the form that had once made him one of the best young centre backs in the world.
However, Lovren says that even though he did not play that well, all blame should not be placed on his shoulders and that he has been made a scapegoat for the club’s failings.
“It has been tough,” Lovren is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo. “I think it was a tough year for everyone at the club and the fans. I was quiet last season, I just wanted to concentrate on myself
“I knew what was happening with how I was playing was not right and I didn’t want to speak about it. At Southampton it was different. There was a good atmosphere and I was happy.
“If I am not playing well, I cannot be happy. I didn’t pretend. But it is not Dejan Lovren-Liverpool, you know? I cannot defend all alone. It is 11 players. When we are good, everyone is good.
“When we are bad, everyone is bad, not just me. I think we need to look like this, not just put the pressure on me or point the finger. I don’t agree with this.
“I know what the papers were writing about me. I don’t want to have to listen to this again. We want to move on as a team. When we are better, it is because we will be doing all together good.”