Pundit Danny Mills has admitted that the performances of Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren this season have impressed him.

Lovren has been required since Joel Matip injured himself back in October. Matip’s last game was the 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

It was either going to be Joe Gomez or Lovren who would partner Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the defence while Matip recovers, but the Croatian international was deemed the better option by Jurgen Klopp.

Lovren did miss the Premier League clash on the weekend against Watford due to injury. However, it does not appear to be anything too serious.

Mills believes Lovren has done well since becoming a regular in Klopp’s XI.

“Everyone expected Joe Gomez to be the regular centre-half alongside Van Dijk and it’s Matip, and he’s done brilliantly and improved,” Mills told Football Insider.

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BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 07: Dejan Lovren of Liverpool walks off the pitch during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at Vitality Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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“Equally Lovren, when he’s come in, he has overtaken Gomez so he’s obviously doing something in training which shows Klopp that he is the better option.

“Maybe because they’re alongside Van Dijk…but those two have improved.

“And all credit to them, either of them could have moved on as they could have thought it would have been the younger Joe Gomez, but they’ve held their own.”

Mills’ comments sum up Lovren’s Liverpool career. The centre-back has had periods in his career when his performances have been very good and very poor.

Klopp clearly has trust in him, but there is always an element of doubt in regards how Lovren will play, as he has been inconsistent during his time at Anfield.

There is a sense he is quite mentally strong, as he has the ability to find his way back into form. For the sake of the team, hopefully Lovren can get back to full fitness and continue playing the way he has been.

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