Klopp delivers latest Liverpool injury update ahead of Watford clash
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp discusses the fitness of James Milner and Dejan Lovren
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Dejan Lovren and James Milner will miss Liverpool’s trip to Watford in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Liverpool vice-captain sustained a muscle injury during training ahead of the clash at Vicarage Road and the midfielder won’t play a part against the in-form promoted side.
It was swollen at the beginning, it looks much better. Maybe Leicester, maybe after Leicester
Speaking at his pre-match media conference at Melwood training ground on Friday afternoon, Klopp discussed Milner’s injury setback after an impressive start to the midfielder’s Liverpool career.
“Milly has a problem with his calf. It will take a few days – we made a scan,” Klopp said.
“It was after warming up in training, not too much, and after warming up he felt something so we didn’t want to take a risk.
“When we made the assessment we saw a little muscle injury. We have to wait. I don’t know how long, but for the weekend he’s not an option.”
Lovren received oxygen on the pitch before he was carried off on a stretcher during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Sunday following a robust challenge from Baggies midfielder Craig Gardner.
The Croatia international was initially feared to be set for a long spell on the sidelines, however a scan revealed that the centre-half had escaped without a serious injury.
And Klopp, who was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’s successor in October, revealed that Lovren will return to first-team training next week.
Klopp added: “That was one of the best [pieces of] news after the West Brom game – it’s not that serious.
“We have to see. If he can train from next week, Tuesday or Wednesday on, he would be an option for Leicester. I don’t know in this moment.
“But after Leicester, for sure he should be available again. We have to see. His progress was really quick and he’s getting better and better.
“It was swollen at the beginning, it looks much better. Maybe Leicester, maybe after Leicester, but then he should be OK.”
Liverpool are in ninth place in the Premier League.