‘Super Sub’ David Fairclough was in the Redmen TV studio this week to discuss the Reds’ opening weekend win over Stoke City.
Fairclough, who wrote himself into Liverpool folklore against St. Etienne in the European Cup in 1977, was asked about Dejan Lovren‘s selection and performance against Stoke.
It was a “positive step” for the much maligned Croatian, says Fairclough. “I was pleased for him.”
“Maybe what Lovren has to realise is that he doesn’t have to win everything, he doesn’t have to look like a £20 million player – just do the simple things well.
“He’s got the stature, he’s got the ability. But sometimes he tries to be something he doesn’t have to be.”
The debate over Lovren vs. Mamadou Sakho has dominated discussion over the past fortnight, and Fairclough admits he would have chosen the Frenchman before the match.
The lads also discussed Liverpool’s need for being a little more physical this season, with Fairclough noting: “It’s no bad thing for teams to fear you, rather than going up against a team of pussycats. We’ve got to be able to mix it.”