Liverpool hopeful Dejan Lovren will extend stay at Anfield

Everton midfielder Barkley was lucky to escape a red card after a wild lunge on Lovren during Liverpool's 3-1 win at Anfield.

In what was an entertaining and enthralling derby at Anfield, there was a few controversial moments over the course of the 90 minutes, none more so than Ross Barkley's very bad challenge on Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren, which arguably warranted harsher punishment than the yellow card given by Anthony Taylor.

With all their matches against top-seven rivals now complete, the Reds have to prove they have the mettle in games against teams they have struggled against the most this season, starting with the visit of Bournemouth on Wednesday. "We have the quality on the bench and without that it will be tough".

With third-placed Liverpool trailing league leaders Chelsea by 10 points, Lovren believes injuries to key players have hurt his side's title bid this season.

"Listen, it is important".

"Chelsea have not had one [major] injury, I do not think".

Lovren had been in line to follow Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana in signing extended new deals with Liverpool but, unlike the Brazil and England internationals, negotiations with his representatives did not run smoothly and hit an impasse earlier in the year. That's how he plays football to me. "We will see. Everything will be clear in the next month", he added. "I just want to improve every day here, show my quality and give my best for the club".

  • Julie Sanders