Lovren is what we have been looking for since Carragher left Liverpool, says Rodgers

first_img1 Dejan Lovren Brendan Rodgers hailed Dejan Lovren as the ‘new Jamie Carragher’ after the defender’s impressive debut in the pre-season friendly victory over Borussia Dortmund at Anfield.The summer signing made his Anfield bow, along with Javier Manquillo and Emre Can, after being named in the starting line-up in the Reds’ final warm-up game before the Premier League season kicks off next weekend.He helped the hosts keep a clean sheet as they ran out 4-0 winners against their German opponents and capped a fine performance with a goal.Rodgers likened Lovren, a £20million buy from Southampton, to legendary former centre-back Jamie Carragher, while he was also left drooling over the display of Manquillo, who only linked up with the club earlier this week after sealing a two-year loan move from Atletico Madrid.“I’ve been really pleased with all of the signings because they have all come in as part of our strategy and the types of profile of players that we want,” said Rodgers.“Of the two boys that played today, Dejan was perfect – he’s what we’ve been looking for since Jamie Carragher left. He’s a very dominant centre-half.“He’ll go and attack the ball, reads the game incredibly well and you can see his leadership qualities with his talking and guidance of the back four. You also saw his range of pass on both sides, left foot and right foot. His pass into [Philippe] Coutinho for the first goal was wrapped in with his left foot and that creates the nick around the corner to get us the goal.“Like he showed us last year, he is dominant in the air in the other box, attacking it. I thought he was excellent.“And young Javier Manquillo was outstanding, at 20 and playing his first game at Anfield having only joined this week. His fitness level was very good.“He’s the type of full-back I like – he can get tight to people, stop crosses and defend well, but also then has the energy to attack and get forward. He was very, very good.”last_img

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