Lovren makes a plea for attacking - and fair - football
The Croatian wasn't particularly happy with criticism he faced after the games against United and Everton.
On the challenges he lost against Lukaku: “He’s a strong guy, physically one of the toughest, for his age unbelievable. Sometimes you get it right — and many games, I won against him — but sometimes you lose. Mistakes happen.”
“Man United defenders: sitting, waiting. We have a different style of football. We need to apply high pressure and it’s a challenge for a defender.”
On if he should have dropped off Lukaku: “They can say that, but they’re not hearing what the manager says. If he wants me high, I am high. This is what we do. It is a risk — but then see how many goals we score after winning the ball.
On Craig Pawson: “Life has taught me there are worse things . . . but against Everton [after their controversial penalty earned a draw at Anfield] I took a bottle and smashed it against the wall. Same ref, similar decisions [in the United defeat]. Football should be fair…”
On criticism in general: “Everyone makes mistakes, but I play one bad game in 18 and everyone says, ‘Look, look, look.’ Why? I don’t deserve that. People don’t see me in the ‘small’ games. They see 5-0 against Porto but nobody sees my part.”
"No, [it doesn't get me down]. It’s a challenge. A personality challenge. I moved on straightaway after Spurs when I was in that record of 18 games unbeaten. Big players don’t need six or seven games; big players in the next game prove you wrong. But some people don’t care about that Dejan. They’re just searching for the next mistake.”