27-year-old must be sold: Three things we learned about Liverpool in win v West Brom
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Liverpool’s 1-0 win against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon.
Lovren must be sold
Dejan Lovren is so often criticised for his defending and while he looked shaky on the few occasions that West Brom broke into the Liverpool half it was his poor passing that caused the most concern on Sunday. The 27-year-old centre-back was certainly the weakest part of the Reds’ team this afternoon and the Merseyside giants need a complete overhaul of their poor back line. This means Lovren, who many consider to be a liability must be sold in the summer months.
Can is underrated
Emre Can has often come in for criticism this season, but the 23-year-old has highly impressed in recent outings and on Sunday it was no different. The eight-time capped Germany international broke up play excellently to allow his side to win back possession and helped move the ball forward with a number of key passes across the 90 minutes. In a Liverpool team where there are stars such as Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino it is fair to say that Can is the unsung hero of the team and he is certainly underrated by many.
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Liverpool are battling with the top clubs again
Liverpool’s win on Sunday has taken them up to third place with just five matches of the season left. Now, there is currently a five-point gap between themselves and Tottenham, but the Reds are now battling with teams at the top once again. It is felt now that if the Merseyside giants improve on key areas within their team, rather than the players they brought in during the summer of 2014 then Liverpool can fight for the title once again next season. They are now led by a class manager in Jurgen Klopp rather than Brendan Rodgers, so it is certainly possible.