- Sep 25, 2012
If Lovren was Stuttgarts player nobody would be clamouring for him either. I didn't say Phillips was above Lovren I said he was good enough to be our 7th choice.The bit in bold is just silly. Lovren has played in World Cup and CL finals and can play against the worlds best players. Phillips has a LONG way to go before he can be ahead of Lovren.
Let's put it this way: If Phillips was Stuttgart's player nobody would be clamouring for us to sign him to replace Lovren.
As for shifting Fabinho in there, I don't see why you'd needlessly create a problem for yourself that requires you to limit your options in midfield.
Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip and Fabinho all play better at CB in the way Klopp sets up his team than Lovren does. Lovren has a limited future Hoever and Van Den Berg have potentially good futures I'd be cherry picking game time for them before finding game time for Lovren on list of priorities.
In my pecking order Lovren may not play next season unless we hit major injury issues or we play the domestic cups. Phillips, even though he is more limited than Lovren, has the required quality to satisfy that level of playing time. Lovren is expensive overkill.