Former Liverpool defender Carragher warns Rodgers against dropping Lovren

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has warned manager Brendan Rodgers against dropping Dejan Lovren because of the price that brought him to the club, according to the Daily Mail.

Lovren cost the club £20m in the summer after a hugely impressive season with Southampton but has been in poor form in recent weeks – although the whole team hasn’t been playing well.

Despite this heavy criticism he has played every game in the Premier League and Carragher has called for the defender to be backed – especially after he cost a club record fee for a defender.

The former fan favourite also stated that the new style of play on offer at Liverpool was also behind Lovren’s stuttering start to life at Anfield, with attacking fullbacks perhaps leaving the centre back more exposed than he was used to.

Carragher said of the 25-year-old: “’I thought he was excellent for Southampton last season and that is the reason Liverpool bought him but every manager has a different way of doing things.

“Liverpool’s full backs are more offensive and so are going to leave you more exposed, that could be something to look at because Brendan Rodgers likes his full backs to get forward.

“But when you pay that much money for a centre back you have to persist with it and get him through it.”

Lovren moved to the Premier League from Lyon in 2013 for an undisclosed fee, making 31 appearances for Southampton and scoring two goals – including the winner in their clash with Liverpool at Anfield.

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