Jürgen Klopp and Slaven Bilic back Dejan Lovren after death threats

• Liverpool fans also rally behind centre-half after traumatic fortnight
• Bilic: ‘Lovren is a really good lad, an honest lad, he never makes any excuses’

Dejan Lovren has been given strong support by his manager, Jürgen Klopp, and West Ham’s Slaven Bilic after the defender received death threats on social media this week.

Liverpool travel to the London Stadium on Saturday and Lovren will be assessed on his fitness after he sustained an injury during the warm-up before last week’s match against Huddersfield. It was just one incident in a traumatic fortnight for the Croat in which he was substituted after half an hour in the defeat by Tottenham, suffered a torrent of media criticism and online abuse and had his house burgled. This week has ended more happily, with Lovren voted Liverpool’s player of the month in a show of support from fans.

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