Ross Barkley should have apologised to me for challenge, feels Dejan Lovren

Chris Bascombe
The Telegraph
Ross Barkley protests his innocence after his heavy challenge on Dejan Lovren  - PA
Ross Barkley protests his innocence after his heavy challenge on Dejan Lovren  - PA

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren says Ross Barkley should have apologised for his late challenge in Saturday’s Merseyside derby.

The Croatian escaped serious injury when the Everton midfielder left his studs in with a poor first half tackle, but it was the pleas of innocence that most irked the centre-back.

An opportunity to face the Everton midfielder presented itself while Lovren was completing his media duties, but in keeping with the tone of an irritable game the pair blanked each other as they headed their separate ways.

“That is the only thing I do not like,” said Lovren.

“If you make a hard challenge than be open about it and say sorry or something like that. Don’t talk to the referee and say it was not a foul. I think everyone saw it, especially me. It will be headlines tomorrow if I show you my leg but now it is over.”

<span>Barkley was only booked for his challenge on Lovren</span>
Barkley was only booked for his challenge on Lovren

Philippe Coutinho’s star performance eased Liverpool to victory, Lovren in awe of how all his side’s South Americans played.

“Especially when they (Coutinho and Firmino) had a long, long flight back from Brazil. They did not even train with us,” said Lovren.

“It was just a little session, but they are such quality players they don’t even need to train. But I want to say about Lucas Leiva. He was brilliant. He was playing like he has played 38 games in a row. Amazing.

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“It is not just Coutinho. We have so many players. Look at Mane and Roberto had a brilliant game and Divock comes on for two minutes and scored. We have the quality on the bench and without that it will be tough.”

Lovren, meanwhile, has confirmed he is in talks to extend his Liverpool contract and believes an announcement will be made in the next four weeks.

“Yes, I think the progress is going on. We will see,” said Lovren.

“Everything will be clear in the next month. I have said many times I am happy here and I am settled after everything that happened in the beginning, so I just want to improve here and show my quality and give my best for the club.”

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