Now a free agent, Sturridge says Lovren was the toughest defender he faces. The Croatia international is currently playing for Zenit St Petersburg.
Lovren played a key part in Southampton's 1-0 win over the Reds at Anfield in September 2013, scoring a second-half winner and successfully keeping the in-form Sturridge quiet.
Speaking to The Beautiful Game Podcast, Sturridge was asked to name the top five centre-backs he had played against and, whilst he stopped short of including Lovren on that list, he did namecheck his former Reds teammate.
“He had me in his back pocket in that game.
“I was thinking like I'm doing everything, I think they got a clean sheet, but Dej had me up in that game, they beat us."