Liverpool defender, Dejan Lovren believes he is still growing and can become a better player. After joining from Southampton almost two and a half years ago, the defender struggled initially in his first season and has gradually grown to become a major player for the club.
Speaking to Liverpoofc.com the Croatian said
“When I came I was in good form. I was really mentally strong. For the first three or four games I had confidence. It wasn’t about performing better. I was just searching for my form in the beginning of the season from Southampton to here. It took time.
You can’t do it alone when the whole team is not doing well, it’s really difficult. Then when you make mistakes, everyone is on you. That was an unlucky time for me. People expect straight away when you pay so much for a player. But it’s in the small details. All the small things are a big part on the pitch to have a good result at the end. When Jürgen [Klopp] came, it changed everything. I had my confidence. I’m still growing better and better with him. I can be a better player.”
Once in a while the defender still pops up with costly errors but has developed a belief and mental strength as shown in the last match against Crystal Palace where he gifted the opposition a goal but few minutes scored a goal.
Lovren reveals that him and other players like Adam Lallana who also had a difficult start to his Liverpool career are strong mentally and ready to fight for the club.
He said i understand the fans and I hope they understand me now and how the situation was. The most important thing is that this kind of players, who are really strong mentally, will never stop fighting. We went through this and I think it says a lot about mental strength and not just me and Adam, a couple more players have really improved.
“You need to be mentally strong if you want to compete. Every three or four days, there are big games and a lot of stress. You need to be ready to work hard. Nothing comes easy in life. But we never stop believing in ourselves and that’s the reason why we are still here and have positive comments about us. That’s what drives us for the future.”