By Emma Sanders

Dejan Lovren has revealed his partnership with Liverpool summer signing Joel Matip is good because they both speak German to each other.

The Croatian has built a great partnership with Matip in the centre of Liverpool’s defence and he believes the fact they can speak the same language has helped them bond on and off the pitch.

Matip joined on a free transfer from Schalke in the summer and has started 11 Premier League games for the club alongside Lovren at centre-back.

“It’s always easier when you have the feeling with your partner and know each other,” Lovren told the club’s official website.

“To be honest we’ve done it quite well, even in pre-season, it was really quick… maybe because he’s speaking German and I’m speaking German.”

The pair have kept three clean sheets so far this season and they hold an impressive defensive record – conceding just 14 goals in the league. Only the four other teams in the top five have conceded fewer.

Liverpool are just one point off the top of the table behind Chelsea and have picked up eight victories in their last 10 league games, including a 2-1 win against the Blues.

The Reds have lost just once this season when they were shocked during a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Burnley back in August.

Lovren and Matip sat out Liverpool’s 2-0 victory against Leeds in the quarter-final of the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening but are expected to return to the starting XI when they take on Bournemouth in the league on Sunday.

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