1. He did have a bad game. He was also near-perfect in the City-tie in the CL, in the CL final, a bunch of other big games in the Premiership, the WC, etc. You're implying he cracks in big games - which is rubbish. VVD -as good as he is, and he is - has had a few really bad moments at key times in big games - more than Lovren (City tie CL, pen vs Spurs, pen vs City this season, etc.). A good number of times in the last year, in their current "biggest game of the year", Lovren was either the MVP or among the best (City home game this season, for example). Then a bad game happens once in a year and suddenly he "crumbles under pressure" or whatever...? Please. 2. And Lovren is usually big when it matters as well. At least, "this", post-Spurs Lovren is. 3. He put Sterling onside in a transition play on the other side of the pitch. It's something that happens half a dozen times per game and if you're going to blame a defender for a goal based on that, playing a guy a foot onside 5 meters into his half, with 5-6 players ready to defend... Then you can blame absolutely every goal in any game on someone. It's a mistake, but a minor one, an "ordinary" one, and I can't imagine anyone in the Liverpool dressing room is blaming him for the goal. Sometimes things don't work for you. On the Aquero goal, Lovren looks over his shoulder twice, and is covering Sane. And then Aguero (who dove for a pen a few seconds before) comes from an offside position where he was on the ground appealing for a pen, runs onside, gets momentum and executes a magnificent strike. It's a sneaky moment of inspiration from Aguero, where in the position he was in, Lovren driving Aguero wide was the most he could've done. It's tough for any defender - and it doesn't look great on the screen, but I honestly think more of that goal is on Aguero's moment of brilliance than on Lovren's mistake in covering. 4. Lovren's had an amazing year. For club and country. And still very little respect from the media, most of who still treat him as a meme. Gomez has had an amazing 3 months. And he's younger. They're different, Lovren is more agressive, Gomez is faster. But if Klopp is picking his 11 for a CL final tomorrow, more than likely, Lovren is starting (they probably both are and TAA moves to the bench, as has been the case in big games this season when all were healty, vs City at home and PSG away). I don't think you understand, unless you've seen every Liverpool game in the last year. Gomez has been great, no question. Lovren though, has been absolutely lights out as well, massive in big games, steady and consistent the whole time. He's dropped the meme tag months ago to anyone following Liverpool - be it an inferior opponent in the EPL, big matches vs top-6 or CL ties, he's been rock solid. With VVD and the two of them as 2A/2B, Liverpool are well set to succeed defensively this season - and they're doing so. One loss (vs this City team) does not change that in any way.