Following a massive £20 million move from Southampton to Liverpool in 2014 there were big things expected from the Croatian international, yet fans and pundits alike were forced to scratch their heads as to why Liverpool would have paid so much money for a centre-back who looked to be nowhere near the quality of what Liverpool were expecting.

Those early days at Anfield were tough for Lovren, who saw himself go from starter at Southampton to substitute in then manager Brendan Rodgers team.

Since the arrival of Jürgen Klopp on Merseyside, and an unfortunate injury to Slovak international centre-back Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren has now become along with former PSG defender Mamadou Sakho the German manager’s two starting centre-backs.

And given the way the pair performed in Thursday night’s 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund it looks like a partnership that will endure well into next season, providing of course there are no injuries.

When asked about his performance following the draw in Germany the 26-year-old defender said:

“I just concentrated on my game and my defensive work and it was OK.

“I will do everything for my team but I think I have learned from my mistakes before with silly bookings.

“I think I am a little bit cleverer now. I am more experienced.”

He added: “It is good. We are a team, every guy is important – even the 25th guy in the stand.

“After a couple of games together it is much easier to understand each other and we hope to continue like that.