As Liverpool prepare to face Maribor in the Champions League, a game in which they’ll be looking to record their first win after two disappointing draws in the opening games against Sevilla and Spartak Moscow, Defender Dejan Lovren insists that United’s number 9 striked him on purupose.

Lukaku appeared to have caught Lovren’s head with the heel of his boot in an attempt to separate from the defender after a tackle during the first half at Anfield on Saturday, escaping without punishment from the referee. The FA has also decided against taking any retrospective action over the incidence.

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Lovren has now expressed his dissapointment on the player and the decision citing frustration as a possible motive.

“I made a tackle there and I just felt he was over me and could just move away. To be honest, my point of view is that he did on purpose. Normally you would apologise after that, but I saw that he was nervous during the game. I think maybe that was also the reason. It’s over and I cannot change it and nobody can change it. It is what it is.” He said speaking on a news conference in Slovenia.

The former Southamton centre back also insisted that he has accepted the decision by the FA.

“It’s not my decision. I cannot say I’m disappointed, but it is what it is and we need to move on. That’s football — it’s part of the game.”