Rodgers: ‘I pick on form’

Dejan Lovren joined from Southampton for ??20m this summer but has been on the bench for Liverpool’s last three games.

Alongside him were summer recruits Emre Can (??10m), Lazar Markovic (??20m) and Alberto Moreno (??12m).

“Dejan has been brilliant. He has taken it like a man,” said Rodgers. “He is working hard in training. He knows he will get an opportunity and hopefully he can then take it.

“Picking on form has always been the case and all the players understand that.

“If you look at Martin Skrtel as an example, he didn???t play so much for me during my first year here.

“But we spent a lot of time that season talking about the strengths he had in his game and the areas where he needed to improve.

“After that period, once he got into the team, he was absolutely fantastic. He has been a real rock for us.

“I am sure that Dejan will be exactly the same. Sometimes you need that little bit of time out of the team. I have absolutely no doubt that he will be a very good player for us.”