Jurgen Klopp gives latest Liverpool FC injury update on Dejan Lovren
The Liverpool manager confirms Dejan Lovren suffered a thigh problem in the warm up ahead of Saturday's 3-0 win against Huddersfield Town
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Dejan Lovren suffered a thigh problem in the warm up at Anfield ahead of Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
The Croatia international has endured a tough start to the 2017-18 Premier League season after conceding 15 goals in five games on the road so far this term.
Lovren was substituted in the 32nd minute last weekend after Tottenham raced into a 2-0 lead as Harry Kane capitalised on two Lovren mistakes at Wembley before Spurs eased to a 4-1 victory.
There was some debate surrounding whether Klopp would persist with the former Southampton defender given Lovren’s disastrous performance at Tottenham last weekend.
Lovren was named in the starting line-up but a thigh problem in the warm up forced Klopp to turn to Estonia international Ragnar Klavan to replace the Croatian.
Speaking at his post-match media conference following Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town, Klopp confirmed Lovren’s fitness setback.
“It was the last pass. Maybe you saw it. Joel and Dejan were exchanging passes and then in the last one, he felt something in the muscle,” Klopp said.
“I don’t know exactly, we had no time – the only question I asked in the treatment room was, ‘Yes or no?’ and I got a no and then we changed. It is his thigh.”
Liverpool finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last season to secure a return to the Champions League.
The Reds signed six players in the summer transfer window to strengthen their squad ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.
Klopp was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor in October 2015.