17 Mar 2017

Dump Him: Lawro urges Klopp to replace 'wonderful' Liverpool star with £20m international for vital City clash

Who should start in central defence for this weekend's crunch clash with Manchester City?

Ragnar Klavan has acquitted himself well over the last two games, and helped the Reds achieve back-to-back victories for the first time this year, but according to Anfield legend Mark Lawrenson:

"Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is on his way back from injury, and although Klopp does not like to rush players, I would want him starting at Man City".

Lovren recently suffered his 8th injury since signing for Liverpool, and Klopp confirmed this after Sunday's 2-1 victory over Burnley:

"He [Lovren] got a dead leg in his back when we were working on set pieces. The muscle is now very sore."

Lovren returned to action this week during U23s 2-0 victory over Chelsea, and he lasted 75 minutes, which appears to bode well for Sunday. After the game, U-23 interim boss Mike Garrity enthused:

"He [Lovren] could have completed the full game, but we were happy to get to 75 and he was happy with that. He looked strong and his authority and experience was really nice for the boys out there".

On the other hand, Lovren hasn't played a competitive game since January 31st, and given his increasing propensity for injuries, it arguably makes sense to keep him on the bench for Sunday's game.

* Lovren: Hailed by Robbie Fowler as 'excellent'. Cost Liverpool £20m

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