Carragher urges Lovren to take his opportunities

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has urged Dejan Lovren to take advantage of his opportunity against Manchester City this weekend.

Dejan Lovren is running out of chances to prove himself at Anfield, according to former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.

The Croatian centre-back has endured a difficult spell since moving from Southampton for a reported £20million fee last July and recently lost his place in the team to Mamadou Sakho.

But Sakho suffered knee ligament damage in Jurgen Klopp's men's 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace on November 8 and is expected to be out for six to eight weeks, handing Lovren another opportunity.

And ahead of Saturday's meeting with Premier League leaders Manchester City, Carragher told Standard Sport: "It's time we saw the Lovren from Southampton. 

"He's never fully convinced when he's had that chance.

"The [then] manager [Brendan Rodgers] started him early on in the season and I thought he was outstanding against Arsenal and then you thought 'Is this the start of the Lovren being what he should be: a commanding centre-back for Liverpool?'

"But then in the following game, we played at home to West Ham and lost 3-0 and he was culpable for a goal.

"That can happen at times, but on the back of playing so well, to then go back to square one with that performance, put him in a bad light in the supporters' eyes. 

"It will be another chance for him but sooner or later, he needs to take them."



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