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Lovren plays down Carragher comparison

16 August 2014 00:45

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren shrugged off Brendan Rodgers' claims that he can be the new 'Jamie Carragher'.

Rodgers was full of praise for his £20million recruit following Sunday's goal-scoring performance against Borussia Dortmund, saying "he is exactly what I've been looking for since Jamie Carragher left".

While his manager's comments were pleasing, the 25-year-old Croatia international insisted he has plenty of work to do as he attempts to live up to the Carragher comparison.

"The manager said he sees me like a leader. I said to him I'm still young. I'm 25, but I will try my best. I will lead the team," Lovren told The Guardian.

"I don't have so much experience like Jamie Carragher but it will come and it is a great honour to be compared by the manager with a player like that.

"I like to talk during the game, I like communication with the lads – to keep me awake apart from anything else. But it's the beginning."

Lovren's arrival at Anfield was on the back of Liverpool's runner-up finish behind champions Manchester City in the Premier League.

Liverpool ended the campaign just two points adrift of City and Lovren is expecting another close contest in 2014-15.

"I can't say that we can win it but we have a really good chance. Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, also Manchester City. They are the ones," he said.

"It will be tight, like last season, but we will be here fighting. I think it will be even better than the last year."

Liverpool kick off their Premier League season at home to Southampton on Sunday.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
17 August 2014
Game week
1
Kick-off
14:30
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 1
Venue
Anfield (Liverpool)
Attendance
44736

Goals

R. Sterling 23'
(assist by J. Henderson) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
56' N. Clyne
 (assist by D. Tadić)
D. Sturridge 79'
(assist by R. Sterling) 
2 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
24
9
17
33
23
1
4
# Player Bookings
7
27
18
17
35
1
26

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 16 +23 39
2 16 +19 36
3 16 +12 31
4 16 +8 28
5 16 +12 26
6 16 +9 26
7 16 -2 24
8 16 -4 23
9 16 +2 22
10 16 +3 21
11 16 -3 21
12 16 -3 19
13 16 -10 19
14 16 -5 17
15 16 -10 16
16 16 -5 15
17 16 -13 15
18 16 -13 14
19 16 -8 13
20 16 -12 10

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