Jurgen Klopp was eager for Liverpool to share the plaudits as a squad after beating Brighton on Saturday.
The Reds extended their lead atop the Premier League table to 11 points after 14 games with a hard-fought 2-1 win.
Virgil van Dijk scored twice for the hosts at Anfield on the eve of this year’s Ballon d’Or ceremony, for which he is one of the favourites – although Lionel Messi apparently has it wrapped up.
But Klopp was quick to point out the performance of Dejan Lovren alongside him.
“Oh come on, do we have to talk about individual players?” he said when asked for his thoughts on the Dutchman.
“He scored two goals, that’s the story itself. He’s good, really good, outstandingly good. But he has to be, he’s a very talented boy, so he just has to use that talent and it would be a shame if he doesn’t.
“So yes, incredibly important but if Virg plays the last line alone it would be pretty difficult. I think Dejan Lovren, who maybe doesn’t have the headlines like this, but what he’s playing since, he has all my respect, to be honest.”