Liverpool news: Dejan Lovren trolled by fans as he struggled to live with Gareth Bale | Football | Sport
He opened himself up to a backlash, after previously claiming that he deserves to be recognised as one of the best defenders in the world.
“Lovren, the self-styled ‘one of the best defenders in the world’ fails to stop Bale and it’s 1-1,” tweeted one fan.
Another said: “Gareth Bale scoring and leaving worlds best defender Dejan Lovren on his a*** like a fool? Love to see it.”
“Bale humiliating Lovren! Always a nightmare for him,” added another supporter.
“Lovren got smoked by Bale,” another football fan tweeted.
“What a goal by Bale. Done Lovren all over there,” said another fan.
One Twitter user simply wrote: “Bale sitting Lovren down hahahaha.”
Bale has previously scored against Lovren in a crucial match; namely during the 2018 Champions League final.
The Welshman scored twice, including a terrific bicycle kick, for Real Madrid in their 3-1 win over the Reds.
That summer, Lovren would play a key role in Croatia’s progression to the World Cup final in Russia.
After Croatia beat England in the World Cup semi-final, Lovren claimed that he deserved more respect.
“Sometimes, the criticism is unfair and people should respect me also,” he said.
“Without being arrogant I think I have [been proved to be one of the best defenders in the world]. Definitely.”
Croatia are top of Group E in qualifying for the European Championships, while Wales are fourth.