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15th Jan, 2017 | 7:17pm

Graeme Souness hails Liverpool 27-year-old as best player v Man United

By Harvey Byrne

Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness hailed Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren as the best player on the pitch against Manchester United on Sunday.

The defender played the full 90 minutes as he helped his side keep a strong United attack quiet, which earned the Reds a point at Old Trafford.

The 27-year-old gave a battling display against Zlatan Ibrhamivoc, and even played a role in forcing Paul Pogba to give away a penalty in the first half.

The match was held to a stalemate with James Milner converting from the spot before Ibrahmivoc scored late on.

Despite not troubling the score sheet, former Liverpool midfielder and Sky Sports pundit Souness felt that Lovren was the best player on the afternoon.

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“It’s hard to deny United a point because they did push and it wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea how they got themselves back into the game,” said Souness speaking on Sky Sports 1 after the match.

“But it was extremely effective when you’ve got a 6″4 Zlatan Ibrhamivoc and Marouane Fellaini  going forward. That takes some defending.

“Klavan and Lovren were outstanding today and for me Lovren was the best player on the pitch, but he will be caught occasionally when you have that much going forward in the box.”

Lovren made the move to Anfield in a £20million transfer from Premier League rivals Southampton in the summer of 2014.

He has often come under criticism during his time at Liverpool, but this season has seen an improvement in performances.

Many expected the acquisition of solid defender Joel Matip had helped raise his displays, but on Sunday he was without the Cameroon international and was lining up alongside Ragnar Klavan.

Fans will now be hoping that he maintains his fine form as the league title still isn’t out of reach.

In other Liverpool news, fans reacted on Twitter to young starlet Trent Alexander-Arnold’s display against Manchester United.

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