A number of Liverpool fans have criticised Dejan Lovren for going to Anfield to join in the communal celebrations on the night that the Reds became Premier League champions in what one supporter branded an act of “pure stupidity”.
In an interview with Russian journalist Vladimir Kolos, which was shared on his Twitter profile @kolos_vladimir and latterly on @LFCTransferRoom, the former Reds defender admitted that he left the hotel where his team-mates were watching Chelsea’s win over Manchester City to drive to Anfield, where many supporters had assembled to celebrate Liverpool’s first league triumph in 30 years.
Dejan Lovren – How he sneaked out of Liverpool's team hotel and joined LFC fans celebrating their title win at Anfield. pic.twitter.com/n5P74K67Fd
— Vladimir Kolos (@kolos_vladimir) August 18, 2020
Despite being urged by Jurgen Klopp to remain at home if the title was secured, given the message of social distancing amid the global pandemic and with top-flight games being played at empty stadia, hundreds of Kopites gathered outside the club’s stadium that night, with Lovren revealing that he went along to savour the moment.
He said: “They told us, ‘Guys, don’t even go to the stadium because you will have problems. We cannot keep you safe’. The party [at the hotel] was already over and I said to myself, ‘It’s 12 o’clock, it’s too early to sleep. I will take the car and go to Anfield just to experience this’. I drove myself there.
“My God, tens of thousands of people celebrating…I just wanted to feel this emotion because we didn’t have a good celebration in the stadium, so I needed to do it. I was really happy that I did it. It was a good experience.”
Was Dejan Lovren right to join in the Anfield celebrations?
The Croatian, who is now at Zenit St Petersburg, was frequently criticised for defensive errors in his time at Anfield and, even after leaving Merseyside, he has continued to draw the ire of some Liverpool fans over his “reckless” act on the historic night of 25 June.
Here is a flavour of the reaction on Twitter:
Ah yes, just when I thought I couldn’t hate him any more he provides us with more evidence of his pure stupidity and arrogance https://t.co/z60j2jqC6B
— Josh (@LFCJosh23) August 18, 2020
Presumably he hadn't drunk a lick of alcohol then, if he drove down there.
This guy. So glad he's gone. Brain dead. Completely and utterly brain dead. https://t.co/W21m3Mdjvh
— Dan (@DACrookster) August 18, 2020
Putting the whole team in danger. Smh https://t.co/VNPgXPfiwS
— zaydthegod (@zaydthegod) August 18, 2020
Intent on making me hate him on last time https://t.co/dPtgRbVXb3
— David (@dshanahan930) August 18, 2020
No wonder klopp got rid
— LFC (@spam1987) August 18, 2020
What he did was stupid
— Thanospv🇬🇷 (@thanospv) August 18, 2020
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