Dejan Lovren sends message to Liverpool boss after defender’s injury setback

Dejan Lovren tells Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp that he is ready to step up in the absence of Mamadou Sakho

Dejan Lovren has told Jurgen Klopp that he is ready to marshall Liverpool’s defence in the absence of Mamadou Sakho.

Sakho is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks after the French defender suffered a knee ligament injury during Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace at Anfield before the international break.

The 26-year-old Lovren has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Liverpool first team in recent months and has been limited to just seven Premier League appearances this season.

However, the Croatian has signalled his intention to step up to the plate and help Liverpool’s defence following the news of Sakho’s injury setback.

Lovren told Liverpool’s website: “Mama had a really good couple of games and a good start to the season. We played in Rubin Kazan together and were feeling really good.

“But you never know in football – injuries can happen today or tomorrow. So you need to be prepared. I was working hard all the time so I’m ready and looking forward to playing.”

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Lovren made 38 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool during his first season at the Merseyside outfit following his transfer from Southampton in the summer of 2014.

He will be hoping to feature when Liverpool take on Manchester City at The Etihad on Saturday evening.

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