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1st Sep, 2016 | 8:06pm

Jamie Carragher believes this highly criticised Liverpool player has improved

By Amir Mir

Jamie Carragher believes Dejan Lovren has “vastly improved” after a mistake-ridden start to his Liverpool career.

The 27-year-old made a £20 million transfer from Southampton in 2014 for then-manger Brendan Rodgers.

However, the Croatian international was not intially able to reproduce the form he displayed for the Saints and supporters criticised his big-money transfer.

Former Reds centre-back Carragher believes Lovren has markedly improved but still has some way to go.

“He gets that big money move to Liverpool and it seemed to fall apart in his first season,” said Carragher as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.  “I think it wasn’t helped by Brendan Rodgers’ team and they way they set up, they were on the front foot and as a defender it makes it more difficult.

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“I don’t think that’s the case now with Jurgen Klopp and that’s what’s helped his performances and made him look more like a £20m player.

“But I still think there’s a way to go for him yet, I still think there’s some improvement we’d like to see at Liverpool – but he has vastly improved in his second season.”

Lovren was a regular feature last term making 39 appearances for the club in all competitions, including an appearance in the 3-1 Europa League final defeat to Sevilla.

Klopp’s side have kept only one clean sheet in all competitions this season, during their 5-0 win over Burton Albion in the League Cup.

Lovren has started all four games this campaign with Liverpool conceding six goals.

In other Liverpool team news, this attacking midfielder has agreed a loan switch.