Dejan Lovren refusing to give up on Champions League comeback

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren insists being written off in their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona has made him “angry and hungry”.

Jurgen Klopp’s side face a difficult task in overturning a 3-0 deficit despite putting in a good performance in last week’s match at the Nou Camp.

The Reds have been given little chance in the second leg, despite all the evidence this season pointing to remarkable powers of recovery and resilience – with Saturday’s late 3-2 win over Newcastle to keep their title hopes alive the latest case in point.

“It makes me more angry. Angry and hungry to show them we are capable of doing something special at Anfield,” the Croatia centre-back told Press Association Sport.

“Of course, we will never just accept that we already lost. It is just one game.

“It will be quite a tough challenge after 3-0 but I remember we did it many times and Liverpool are quite famous for big comebacks,” he added.

“I hope we can do it again but we need big support from the fans. This is, I think, the main thing.

“We need to be patient to be honest, not to rush. It is important if we could score in the first 10 minutes and there will be quite a lot of pressure on them but everything is possible at Anfield.”

They may, however, have to achieve the unlikely without two of their feared front line.

Roberto Firmino has already been ruled out with a muscle problem and Mohamed Salah is doubtful after a head injury at Newcastle – potentially taking 46 goals out of the side.

“I hope Mo will be OK now after the knock because it doesn’t look good,” said Lovren.

“We showed already many times we can play without Mo and also a couple of other players. But the most important thing is the crowd.”


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