Lovren was at fault for the Reds’ second goal, which gave West Ham a major advantage.
Liverpool’s Christian Benteke reacts after he fails to score a goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates stadium in London, Monday, August 24, 2015.
While the two away results deserve praise and will be a welcome boost to manager Slaven Bilic, he will still have some concerns about his side’s performances. “From that first period in the game, we never really got going”, he said.
“You’ve got three clean sheets; your job is to keep them out, not show everyone what else you can do”. I tried everything but what can I say? “A lot of the wingers come inside these days, so I know the sort of threat they have and that suited me in both games”.
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Lovren said it is a “big year” for him, adding that he “needed time” throughout an “important” pre-season to gel properly with his new teammates.
Only 24 hours before this calamity, Lovren’s manager Brendan Rodgers had talked up his defender, claiming he was about to shake off the malaise of a hard debut season at Anfield and finally demonstrate why he was valued at £20 million when signed from Southampton last summer. It was a bad decision by me and mistakes happen.
West Ham boss Bilic has seen his side beaten at home by Leicester and Bournemouth in their last two games, conceding six goals in the process.
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has vowed to bounce back again after his renaissance as the Reds’ first-choice centre-back took a hammering.
The Croat was at fault for the Irons’ second goal, which effectively finished the game.
Coutinho received his second yellow card for a mistimed tackle on Dimitri Payet, with his first booking from referee Kevin Friend having followed another foul on the Frenchman.
“It’s a massive blow – he’s Liverpool’s best player by a long way”, he added.
“It is three points, but it is one of those games which, for the fans especially, it is more than three points”, said the Croatian.
Coutinho will miss Liverpool’s crunch trip to Manchester United on September 12, and Carragher concedes his absence could be costly.