Lovren: Anfield inspired us

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren was full of praise for the club’s supporters following their 3-1 aggregate victory over Villarreal in the Europa League.

The Reds beat the Yellow Submarine 3-0 on Thursday to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg of the final four and secure their progress into the finals of the competition.

Lovren was in fine form in the heart of defence as Jurgen Klopp’s men kept a clean sheet in front of their home crowd.

“It was a beautiful game. I think everybody enjoyed watching the game,” Lovren told his club’s website.

“We didn’t expect this result but we believed from the beginning. As I said before the game, everything is possible here at Anfield, it’s tough for every opponent to play here and expect something.

“The 12th player helped us today, our fans, the atmosphere was really amazing – even better than against Dortmund. It was an amazing game.

“We needed just to play our game and be confident in every situation [then] when we attacked we needed also to defend smartly at the same time,” he added.

“I would say we had almost a perfect game. We didn’t step back, we were always on the front foot, and so I think it’s a deserved win.

Liverpool will face Sevilla on May 18 after the defending champions beat Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 on Thursday for a 5-3 aggregate win.

However they have three Premier League fixtures still to play before then, and the defender insists no-one should get ahead of themselves.

“We still have a couple of games in the Premier League to play, we need to be concentrated, [take it] step by step,” he added.

“We don’t need to think of the final now, everything will come day by day. We need to just be calm and confident and hopefully without injuries so we can play with a full squad in the final.”