Dejan Lovren admits he was delighted to have scored his first competetive Liverpool goal, after the £20million summer signing from Southampton headed a dramatic 95th minute winner against Swansea in the Capital One Cup.
The goal completed a late comeback from the Reds, who trailed 1-0 with 86 minutes played. Mario Balotelli came off the bench to fire the equaliser with only his second Liverpool goal, before Lovren secured the Reds passage to the quarter finals in dramatic fashion.
“It was a great feeling to score at the end,” Lovren told Liverpoolfc.com. “It was a relief because we deserved a win. When I saw the statistics, they had five shots on goal and we had 20, so we completely deserved the win.
“It was definitely a big result for the players. We need to continue like this now. We cannot relax now. We have games which will be tough – Newcastle, Real Madrid, Chelsea. We know what we can expect and we need to play our game.”
Lovren and fellow defender Javier Manquillo were the only players to retain their places in the starting line up from the weekend’s clash with Hull City, and the Croatian defender believes the heavy influx of new faces at Anfield has played it’s part in the Reds slow start to the season.
“It was the first time we had played like this, with another formation and with a lot of new players, who haven’t played a lot,” explained the No.6. “We showed our quality and we had plenty of the ball. It was a great game for us.
“I think we showed in the last game against Hull – I know we didn’t score – but I think we played much, much better than in the previous two games against Real Madrid and Queens Park Rangers. We showed our character and our real style. And I’m confident now; I’m confident for the next few games.”