Jurgen Klopp provides latest Liverpool injury update ahead of Middlesbrough clash

The Liverpool manager reveals that Dejan Lovren was struggling with a groin problem during 2-2 draw with West Ham

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Dejan Lovren was taken off as a precaution after the defender suffered with cramp during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.

The Croatia international was reunited with his centre-half partner Joel Matip for the visit of the Hammers after Lucas Leiva deputised in defence in the absence of the Cameroon star at Bournemouth.

However, Lovren lasted 45 minutes of the stalemate before the former Southampton defender was replaced at half-time as Ragnar Klavan came off the bench to fill the Croatian’s void.

Liverpool are back in Premier League action on Wednesday night when the Merseyside outfit make the short trip to Middlesbrough as the Reds look to make a return to winning ways.

Speaking at his post-match media conference on Sunday afternoon following Liverpool’s disappointing 2-2 stalemate, Klopp discussed the severity of Lovren’s injury problem.

“He said he had a cramp and in the ear of the medical department, it was a hamstring issue,” Klopp said.

“It was in the region. Dejan wanted to carry on but we cannot take a risk in this situation. Hopefully we took him [off] early enough.”

Divock Origi managed to rescue a point for the Merseyside outfit after goals from Dimitri Payet and Michail Antonio had cancelled out Adam Lallana’s fifth-minute opener.

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