Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has admitted that the Reds have to improve in the clash against Real Madrid, or they will suffer the consequences, as reported by the Daily Star.
Real are the reigning Champions League winners, and despite travelling to Anfield without the ultra talented Gareth Bale, Los Blancos still have a vast array of world class players available to them for the match on Wednesday night.
Lovren was involved against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, which Liverpool won 3-2.
Despite picking up the three points, Lovren has admitted that the players received little optimism because of the game, having played so badly.
Liverpool only won the game as a result of two own goals given to them through mistakes by QPR’s defenders.
They led twice going into injury time but conceded two simple equalisers.
Raheem Sterling rescued the game for them by breaking well from a QPR free kick before hitting Steven Caulker with a cross, which rebounded into the net.
“I was glad when the QPR game was over because I think one minute more and it would have been 3-3,” said Lovren.
“It’s the first time in my career I was unhappy after the game, even though we won, because we didn’t play good.
“We need to improve and play more like a team. QPR was not an easy game, but one that we should have seen out comfortably, especially after taking the lead.
“We need to be better and in our next game against Real Madrid we need to show more.
“We will not play like that against Real Madrid, you can be sure of that.
“We will be better. We cannot play like this because we know what we can expect from Real Madrid.
“Their players, we know who they are and we will prepare a little bit different.
“We need to be more compact, to run more, we need to be like one player on the pitch, all together, to breath the same.
“We have amazing individual players, but we need to show it like a team.
“It’s not daunting facing Real Madrid, it’s a pleasure to play against these players. I am not afraid. No-one in our team is afraid.
“We respect their players, but we will show something completely different on Wednesday.”