Lovren faces backlash, but the Under-23s put in a better showing

Afternoon Bulletin

Lovren contemplating his future

Martin Keown has stated that Dejan Lovren will be “wondering if his Liverpool career is over”, following on from his horror show on Sunday. After being responsible for Tottenham’s opening two goals, Lovren was substituted after just half an hour in favour of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Klopp stated that this was for tactical reasons, but didn’t lay blame on Lovren by saying he was “no worse than Joel (Matip).” Instead, the German labelled the whole defence as “shambolic”.

Keown was highly critical of the Croatian’s display and it appears as though many fans have been as well. Lovren has reacted by removing his profile picture, bio and blocking all comments on his Instagram account. This will be a very difficult week for him and it will be interesting to see if he’s in the starting XI for the Huddersfield clash.

Under-23s victorious

Liverpool’s Under 23s had a successful Monday night as they beat Manchester United 3-1. A goal from Ovie Ejara meant that the Reds were leading 1-0 at half-time before James Wilson scored on the hour, to bring the visitors back into the game. The young Reds responded quickly, with two goals courtesy of Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson securing all three points. The win leaves Liverpool at the top of Premier League 2, five points clear.

Poppy shirts revealed

Liverpool will play in special remembrance shirts when they host Huddersfield Town on Saturday. The shirts, which are worn every year, will be emblazoned with a poppy in the centre. After the match, the shirts will be signed and auctioned off to help raise funds for the British Loyal Region. Last year, the shirts raised £13,000 for the charity.

Captain, Jordan Henderson said that “It’s an honour for the team to be able to thank the armed forces and their families for everything they do.”

There will also be a minute’s silence before kick-off to commemorate all those who have lost their lives fighting for our country.

Former Red, best in the Bundesliga

Simon Mignolet’s mediocre performance at the weekend has seen him face continued to criticism, as Liverpool struggle to sort their goalkeeping situation. Fans may not like to hear that a former Liverpool shot-stopper has been named as the best in the Bundesliga.

Peter Gulasci, who currently plays for Red Bull Leipzig, was given the accolade by German magazine, Kicker. The Hungarian never made a senior appearance for the Merseyside club, before he signed for Red Bull Salzburg in 2013, on a free transfer.

Leipzig currently find themselves in third position, with Gulasci conceding just nine goals in eight appearances.