Southampton defender Jose Fonte has hailed the early impact of Dejan Lovren.
The Croatia defender arrived in the summer from Lyon.
Fonte told the Daily Echo: â€śHeâ€™s a great player first of all, and when you have a great player next to you itâ€™s easier to play,â€ť said the Portuguese centre-half, whose partnership with Lovren should be given its sternest test of the season so far when Saints visit league leaders Liverpool on Saturday.
â€śI feel confident with him, we understand each other well. Itâ€™s always going to get better, because weâ€™re still getting to know each other, but from the first moment I had a good understanding with him.
â€śI know more or less what heâ€™s going to do in each situation, and he knows what Iâ€™m going to do, so at the moment weâ€™re in a very good place and I hope this partnership keeps developing and improving.â€ť
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