Liverpool FC star Dejan Lovren was left red-faced prior to the Reds’ game against West Ham United on Saturday, with a cheeky Hammers’ mascot deciding to prank the defender in the tunnel before kick-off

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Live shots of the events in the tunnel before kick-off are sometimes very interesting, and the incident on Saturday prior to the early kick-off at the Boleyn Ground was evidence of just why that is the case.

In a repeat of a prank that a Chelsea FC mascot famously pulled off against former Liverpool FC captain Steven Gerrard, a cheeky West Ham mascot brilliantly fooled Dejan Lovren into thinking he was going to shake his hand, only to pull away at the last minute and mock the Reds’ centre-back.

The video of the hilarious exchange can be seen below.