'It's not like playing Man City' - Lovren makes surprising claim about Liverpool motivation
By Danny Wright
Dejan Lovren has suggested that Liverpool might struggle to find motivation ahead of their clash with Watford on Monday night.
The 27-year-old surprisingly claimed that his side have no problem with gearing themselves up for the big games against some of the top Premier League teams and hinted that it could be a struggle against Walter Mazzari’s men.
Liverpool have notably struggled against weaker opposition this season.
Jurgen Klopp hasn’t seen his side lose a league game to any of the top nine clubs, with tenth-placed Bournemouth being the highest placed side to earn three points against the Reds.
Lovren’s admission could appear to hold the reason as to why Liverpool have lost five of their six games to bottom-half clubs.
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“Mentally, we have to be prepared, even though it’s not like playing Man City, where you’ll find motivation without any big reason,” said the 31-time Croatia international, as quoted by Anfield HQ on their official Twitter account.
Lovren: "Mentally, we have to be prepared, even though it's not like playing Man City, where you'll find motivation without any big reason."
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) April 30, 2017
Liverpool didn’t struggle against Watford when they played them at Anfield in November.
Klopp saw his side earn all three points as they smashed their way to a 6-1 victory – a game which Lovren wasn’t involved in.
The former Southampton and Lyon centre-back has played 29 times for the Reds in all competitions this season scoring twice.
Liverpool travel to Vicarage Road on Monday knowing that a win could go a long way to securing qualification to the Champions League after Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal all dropped points on Sunday.
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