Lovren makes Lukaku accusation

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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has accused Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku of deliberately catching him in the face on Saturday.

The incident occurred during the goalless draw at Anfield when Lovren made a challenge on the Belgium international just before half-time.

Lukaku then appeared to clip the Croatia international with a stray boot as they untangled, although referee Martin Atkinson took no action.

Lovren, though, believes the new Red Devils signing could have avoided the contact and revealed he had yet to get an apology.

“I made a tackle there – I just felt he was over me he could have moved away,” the 28-year-old centre-back said during the Reds’ pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Maribor.

“But, to be honest, my honest view was he did it on purpose. Even if he didn’t do it [on purpose], he would usually apologise, he was nervous during the game, that was also the reason.”

Lovren is ready to move on from the issue with Lukaku having avoided punishment, adding: “It happened on the pitch – it’s over and nobody can change it now.

“It’s not my decision, of course, I cannot say I’m disappointed, it is what it is, we need to move on, that’s football.”