Lovren: Supporters Inspired Victory

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Dejan Lovren has stated that Liverpool needed every supporter at Anfield, that cheered them to a 3-0 win over Villarreal.

The Croatian defender believes that the fans played a bigger role in the semifinals than in the win over Dortmund in the quarterfinals.

Lovren was in good form, as Liverpool held out for a clean sheet.

“It was a beautiful game. I think everybody enjoyed watching the game,” the defender told the club’s website.

“We didn’t expect this result but we believed from the beginning. As I said before the game, everything is possible here at Anfield, it’s tough for every opponent to play here and expect something.

“The 12th player helped us today, our fans, the atmosphere was really amazing – even better than against Dortmund. It was an amazing game.”

And Lovren was keen to praise his team-mates, who put in a thoroughly professional performance.

“We needed just to play our game and be confident in every situation [then] when we attacked we needed also to defend smartly at the same time,” the Croatian said.

“I would say we had almost a perfect game. We didn’t step back, we were always on the front foot, and so I think it’s a deserved win. They are not fourth in the Spanish league without reason, they’re a really good defensive team.

“They have quality players, but we also have quality players and I think we showed our character to everyone. They can believe in us.”

With a spot in the final booked, Lovren insisted no-one was getting ahead of themselves with three Premier League fixtures still to play.

“We still have a couple of games in the Premier League to play, we need to be concentrated, [take it] step by step,” he added.

“We don’t need to think of the final now, everything will come day by day. We need to just be calm and confident and hopefully without injuries so we can play with a full squad in the final.”



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