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Dejan Lovren | Defensemen

Team: Liverpool
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/5/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 185

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After Besiktas made their five penalties and Liverpool made their first four, Dejan Lovren sent his spot kick high and the miss saw the Reds bow out of the Europa Cup.
Liverpool were lucky not to lose the tie in open play as Demba Ba rattled the cross bar with the score 1-1. The Reds' luck wouldn't hold up as Lovern's miss compounded a miserable week for English clubs in European competition. Liverpool's hot form in the Premier League didn't carry over and now they will have more energy to focus on the Premier League as that will be the only way they qualify for next season's Champions League. Feb 26 - 4:50 PM

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Dejan Lovren had a chance to prove himself over the weekend by filling in for an injured Mamadou Sakho, and he helped Liverpol to another clean sheet over Southampton.

Lovren got a chance to face his former club and made good. He was considered a key acquisition over the summer to improve their porous defense from the previous season but lost his spot to Sakho over time. Now, Sakho is nursing a hip issue and will be a doubt for the coming weekend unless Brendan Rodgers says different. Lovren is only 6.42m in the Yahoo game and could potentially be a real bargain for an extended period of time if he can keep his spot. However, regardless of Sakho's status for this weekend, the Reds will be hosting a Manchester City club who are firing on all cylinders right now. It should make for a very intriguing matchup.
Feb 23 - 2:57 PM

Dejan Lovren, one of the significant signings for Liverpool over the summer, appears to have to wrestle his job back from Mamadou Sakho if he wants to partner Martin Skrtel in the heart of the Reds defense.

Lovren was one of the very best center backs in the Premier League for Southampton last year, but as is the case for many bright young stars that get brought into Anfield, the move has been a disappointment so far. Despite a near 2 to 1 advantage in pitch time over Sakho, he has only been involved in two clean sheets to Sakho's three. He made his first appearance since Week 16 as a substitute to replace Steven Gerrard at halftime this past weekend and promptly was booked within 10 minutes. Surely there are better days to come for Lovren, but for now he is not a fantasy option.
Jan 15 - 3:00 PM

Mamadou Sakho looks set to continue in place of the injured Dejan Lovren as Liverpool travel to Turf Moor on Boxing Day.

The $36 million signing has failed to live up to his huge tag since joining from Southampton in the summer with many believing his absence ‘is a blessing in disguise’ following a number of erratic defensive blunders in the heart of defence. Lovren was replaced during the Capital One Cup win over Bournemouth at half-time as a precaution but a further examination confirmed a minor groin strain which kept him out of the draw against Arsenal on Sunday. Liverpool are hopeful the defender could return over Christmas but following their impressive display at Anfield Rodgers’ maybe happy to stick with a back three which consists of Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 08:24:00 PM

With a clean sheet over the weekend and a goal scored in the League Cup match with Swansea yesterday, Dejan Lovren looks poised to provide fantasy returns after starting the season quite slowly.

While much of the attention was focused on the ineffectiveness of Mario Balotelli in the Reds attack as they drew 0-0 with Hull over the weekend, credit is due to their tidy defending. It was the best partnership with Martin Skrtel we have seen to date and may signal a tighter, more organized back line going forward. Until Daniel Sturridge comes back, Brendan Rodgers is going to need his defense to step up to help bag points. Despite the second half heroics against Spurs, Newcastle are a weak attacking side without Papiss Cisse. Should he be absent again this weekend, Liverpool could very well keep them out on their own ground.

Brendan Rodgers stated that Dejan Lovern "should be fit" for Liverpool's trip to Rangers this Sunday.

Lovren had been dealing with an abdominal issue over the international break but it appears he will put that behind him in time for Rangers. It has been a disappointing first season for Lovren in a Liverpool shirt, but perhaps some extended rest will get his mojo back. With just one clean sheet on the season, investment in Liverpool's defense should be avoided for the time being anyway.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 12:26:00 PM

The Croatian Football Federation confirmed on Thursday that Dejan Lovren has been withdrawn from the upcoming Euro qualifying matches against Bulgaria and Azerbaijan after a scan revealed the defender had strained his abdominal muscles.

It is not yet known how long Lovren will be out of action - the player will be assessed further on Merseyside - but the news will come as a massive blow for Brendan Rodgers who is already without Mamadou Sakho [thigh] meaning Kolo Toure could start first match in game week eight. The Reds have failed to reach the dizzy heights of last season and currently have the joint worse goals conceded record [10] in the top half while they have struggled in front of goal. However with the impending return of striker Daniel Sturridge as well as Joe Allen and Emre Can approaching full fitness Liverpool can as least maintain hope that their current dip in form is only temporary.
Source: Sky SPORTS
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 09:14:00 AM

Dejan Lovren has completed his move to Liverpool for a fee of £20m.

Liverpool have acquired yet another Southampton player, this time center-back Dejan Lovren. Lovren is a very solid defender who had an incredible season last year and should help Liverpool's average defense. Liverpool were great in attack last season but can certainly use an upgrade in defense and Lovren should provide immediate help. Lovren will likely be a starter on day one and should have solid fantasy value throughout the season.
Source: Squawka
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 05:27:00 PM

Dejan Lovren's Croatia were eliminated by Mexico in a big 3-1 loss that saw the Croatians collapse in the last 20 minutes.

Croatia was the slightly better team in the first half but couldn't capitalize on their chances and seemed to tire out from pressing high up the pitch. Once tired, Croatia collapsed. They conceded three goals in 10 minutes and then let emotions run high with poor tackling and mistakes. Ante Rebic was sent off for a nasty tackle that saw him get a straight red card. Ivan Perisic scored a consolation goal but it wasn't enough as Croatia finish third in the group ahead of Cameroon and behind Brazil and Mexico.
Source: FIFA
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 05:56:00 PM

Croatia Starting XI: Pletikosa; Srna, Corluka, Lovren, Vrsaljko; Modric, Pranjic; Perisic, Rakitic, Olic, Mandzukic.

Dejan Lovren starts as Croatia take on Mexico in a must win game. Croatia make the round of 16 with a win but are eliminated with a loss or a draw.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 03:09:00 PM

Croatia bounced back from an opening night loss to Brazil with a convincing 0-4 defeat of Cameroon.

The win sets up a battle with Mexico for the right to advance to the Round of 16, provided that hosts Brazil come away with a least a point against a weak Cameroon side. Mexico would need only a draw thanks to the draw they earned with the hosts while the Croatians will need an out-and-out win. With Mario Mandzukic in the side (he scored twice today) Croatia certainly pose as a formidable opponent. Dejan Lovren acquitted himself well and will try to stop El Tri.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 08:02:00 PM

Croatia XI: Pletikosa, Pranjic, Perisic, Corluka, Lovren, Rakitic, Modric, Srna, Mandzukic, Olic, Sammir

The big change here is Mario Mandzukic, normally Croatia's nailed-on striker, returns to start after serving a suspension in the opening match. Both sides here desperately need three points but a draw would prevent either from elimination tonight.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 06:19:00 PM

Dejan Lovren put in a good shift for Croatia against a tricky Brazilian attack but he was the defender responsible for "bringing down" Fred in the box and setting up the penalty that proved to be the game-winner for the hosts.

Of the goals Croatia allowed, one was influenced by the referee, and the other two could be argued to be the goalkeeper's fault for letting in. Otherwise, Lovren and the rest of the defensive unit fought hard but Brazil had the ball too often to keep them down. Meanwhile, the attack, led by Nikica Jelavic created many promising chances but the finishing was not there. Jelavic will almost certainly give way to Mario Mandzukic when they face Cameroon next.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 06:14:00 PM

Dejan Lovren is expected to be available for Sunday's match against Tottenham.

Lovren suffered a groin injury in the Saints' last match but the injury is not considered serious and he is expected to play Sunday. Lovren is a good fantasy option on most weeks but there are much better options this weekend. Southampton only have one match, a tough one at that, while there are defenders out there in a similar price range with two matches in the gameweek.
Fri, Mar 21, 2014 02:48:00 PM

Dejan Lovren's return wasn't enough to keep Liverpool out and Southampton ended up losing 3-0 at home.

Lovren did well but Liverpool were too good in this one. Southampton face Crystal Palace next week and Lovren will be a much better fantasy option then. The Saints remain comfortable in ninth place and seem to be headed towards a midtable finish. Victor Wanyama also returned from injury but only made a short appearance off the bench that was capped off with a yellow card.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, Mar 1, 2014 02:51:00 PM