Chelsea and Croatia international midfielder Mateo Kovacic has joked that Liverpool will fail in their quest for the Premier League title because of compatriot Dejan Lovren.
Kovacic linked up with his Croatia team-mates on Monday to raise funds for charity, while the players were also in attendance to watch a film depicting their dramatic run to the 2018 World Cup final.
Although the alleged statement was clearly meant as banter, Lovren has been subject of regular criticism from Liverpool fans and football pundits alike for his performances in the famous red shirt.
After the film had finished, Kovacic reportedly said: “Liverpool will not be English champions. Why? Because they have Dejan Lovren.”
Liverpool are currently on their best run since the 2002/03 season, undefeated in their opening 12 games in which they have kept seven clean sheets. Lovren has featured in only three of those 12 matches.
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