Dejan Lovren limped out of Liverpool’s victory in Salzburg (Image: Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp says that the last setback of Dejan Lovren’s injuries is not “great”, but he hopes he won’t keep the Croatian out of action for a long time.
The defender limped out of the Liverpool Champions League victory over Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday night, being replaced by Joe Gomez at 53 minutes of the game.
The 30-year-old was ejected during the Premier League victory over Bournemouth on Saturday, but started again on Tuesday night and Klopp expects this to be a similar situation.
The central issue at the weekend was simply described as a blow and Klopp says it is likely to be the same again.
‘We hope it is exactly the same as last time. He felt something and we made the decision. Of course, it’s not great, “Klopp said after the victory over Salzburg.
‘He played very well and was very important. We do not know more at this time. It felt similar to the last time, that’s all. We have to see. “
Klopp will be desperate for Lovren not to be away for a long time, since Liverpool has an incredibly busy December, with matches to come in the Club World Cup, the EFL Cup and the Premier League.
They have already defeated a man in the center with Joel Matip out for a knee injury and is unlikely to return before the end of the month.
The Reds still have Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gómez as options in the center, while the 17-year summer signing Sepp van den Berg is also an option, although he hasn’t made his debut in the Premier League yet.
Liverpool’s next game is against Watford in the Premier League at the start of 12.30pm on Saturday.
Lovren’s loss was disappointing for Klopp, but otherwise he was delighted with the 2-0 victory in Salzburg after the goals of Naby Keita and Mo Salah.
“I couldn’t have more respect for what Salzburg is doing,” Klopp said. ‘I know how people see it: you think being the best team in Austria is” good “.
‘Then you see how good they are, how good they were in the first game (the Reds won 4-3 at Anfield), how good they were against Napoli and Genk and then you could come here as the current winner of the Champions League and misunderstand that situation.
‘And I love it, I really love that my team is so intelligent that they listen and make such a change. Salzburg was incredibly strong, especially in the first half, but we were also ready for that fight. “
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