Jamie Carragher has put his finger on Dejan Lovren’s big problem at Liverpool.
Lovren started on the bench at Goodison Park but was introduced as Liverpool’s fifth and final sub on 73 minutes, replacing Joel Matip.
The Croatian defender had an instant impact, although unfortunately it was negative as he almost allowed Richarlison in to score after being outmuscled in a duel.
And Sky Sports’ Carragher believes the 30-year-old is only too willing to get dragged into physical battle.
Carragher told Sky Sports: “He’s too emotional, that’s always been his problem. He always feels he has to win a fight, has to win a challenge.
“I used to play that position as a centre-back and at times you have to accept someone may be stronger and quicker. You have to get yourself in positions and try and hold them up.
“I said before they were too often they were putting the ball right down Virgil van Dijk’s throat but as soon as Lovren’s come on they’ve been hitting that channel and that is the channel to hit.”
Carragher said “the right decision” for Everton would be “to play off Lovren”.
That left Gary Neville with the perfect opportunity to get one over on his rival.
Neville hits Carragher with gag
Neville responded by saying: “That’s what we used to say about you.”
Lovren is out of contract next summer and he is widely expected to move on at the end of the season.
The centre-back has appeared for the Reds 185 times since arriving in a £20m deal from Southampton back in 2014.
Our exclusive earlier in the year claimed Lovren will have his pick from a four London clubs, while the likes of Roma and Napoli are also reportedly ready to bring the player to Serie A.
Reports suggest Klopp is ready to sanction Lovren’s departure due to his outstanding service to the club, with the German not wanting to force the centre-half to stay with the club and sit on the bench, with Joe Gomez or Joel Matip the players to partner Virgil van Dijk
However, despite speculation mounting that his time at Anfield is coming to a close, Lovren insists his only focus remains on helping Liverpool over the line.
He recently told Sky Sports: “I’m always ready. If someone is injured and coming off, I’m ready to step in and show my quality. I think I proved that last season, when Joe Gomez or Joel Matip were injured and I came in and played.
“My goal is to play and to win as many trophies as possible. But at the moment the focus is just to win the next two games and be champions. After that, we will see what happens.”