Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren on his Anfield bust-up with Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku


Dejan Lovren insists there is no ill feeling with Romelu Lukaku as he prepares for another battle with the Manchester United striker at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Liverpool defender accused Lukaku of deliberately kicking him in the face during October’s 0-0 draw at Anfield.

The Belgium international, who escaped punishment, failed to apologise but Lovren says he doesn’t bear a grudge.

“No, it’s over, this is another game,” Lovren said.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during the Premier League match at Old Trafford

“He is a top striker. We can say what we want, he scores many goals.

“Maybe United are not in the best shape but still they win ugly. What matters is the points. It will be a tough challenge, definitely.”

Lovren kept Lukaku quiet when the clubs last met and he’s relishing the prospect of facing United’s 22-goal top scorer once again.

Romelu Lukaku and Dejan Lovren tangle at Anfield in October

“I enjoy playing against big top strikers,” he added.

“One of the biggest challenge for me is when you have Mo Salah and Sadio Mane at the training ground. Then you know where you are!

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“Definitely, Lukaku is one of the best strikers in the Premier League. He has showed that many times. He’s quite challenging but if they don’t they have the ball.…”


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