"It's time we saw the Lovren from Southampton," says Liverpool great Carragher.

Carragher: Lovren must prove his worth.

With Mamadou Sakho out injured, Dejan Lovren is set to start for Liverpool when they face Manchester City, and Jamie Carragher says it's a chance for the Croatian to prove his worth to the club.

The Citizens host Jurgen Klopp's side at the Etihad on Saturday, and Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Crystal Palace at Anfield.

However, speaking ahead of the tie, former England defender Carragher said Lovren must make the most of his chance if he starts the match against Manuel Pellegrini's team.

"It's time we saw the Lovren from Southampton and he's never fully convinced when he's had that chance," the Reds legend told the London Evening Standard.

"The manager started him early on in the season and I thought he was outstanding against Arsenal and then you thought 'Is this the start of the Lovren being what he should be: a commanding centre-back for Liverpool?'

"But then in the following game, we played at home to West Ham and lost 3-0 and he was culpable for a goal. That can happen at times, but on the back of playing so well, to then go back to square one with that performance, put him in a bad light in the supporters' eyes.

"It will be another chance for him but sooner or later, he needs to take them."

Thinkfootballideas Staff

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