Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp doesn’t believe Dejan Lovren’s injury will keep the Croatian international centre-back out for too long.
Lovren has proved to be a steady replacement for the injured Joel Matip who is not expected back for another couple of weeks at least.
In the 3-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday, Lovren went off in the first half under the guidance of the physio team – Lovren himself wanted to play on until half-time and have it assessed then.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Klopp gave his initial thoughts on how serious Lovren’s injury may or may not be:
“Always you don’t know exactly but it looks not too serious, it looks like a little cramp. He felt something, he told us, said he for sure could go to half-time, wanted to have treatment there and carry on, but we said no and stopped it there.
“That’s the status quo, you have these kind of things in this moment of the season. It is similar to what Gini and Adam Lallana had – not serious but serious enough to keep them out.
“Now we have two days to make sure they can go again. That’s what I think at the moment but I don’t know 100 per cent.”
Tuesday’s trip to RB Salzburg in the Champions League will most likely prove to be too soon for Lovren. However, Klopp has started rotating his first-team to deal with the hectic December schedule and it was highly likely that Lovren would have been rested for the game in Austria anyway. Joe Gomez will fill in at centre-back in Lovren’s place for as long as necessary.
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