Klopp gives update on injury crisis, hopeful of defensive ace's return
It wasn’t a great sight for Liverpool fans when they saw Dejan Lovren leaving the pitch mid-way through the game against Red Bull Salzburg last night, but Jurgen Klopp is hopeful that the defender hasn’t sustained a serious injury.
The Liverpool manager said that Lovren was taken off more as a precaution than anything else.
Lovren had to come off in the middle of the Bournemouth game as well last weekend.
In any other scenario, Klopp would probably have rested him for a week or so, but since the game against Salzburg mattered a lot in terms of qualifying for the Champions League knockouts, the manager had to put him in the starting XI.
As the Croatian was replaced by Joe Gomez in the second-half, the fans wondered if his injury got aggravated. But, Klopp, in the post match press conference, seemed pretty confident that Lovren was not going to miss too many games.
According to Klopp, the 30 year old defender told the management that he was feeling a little uneasy and the management decided not to risk the injury and take him off.
“We hope that it’s exactly the same as last time. He felt something and we made the decision. It’s of course not cool.” Klopp was quoted saying in the post-match press conference.
The Reds are going to be the busiest team in Europe in the month of December. Apart from the Premier League, they also have to participate in the EFL Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup which will take place in Qatar.
There is going to be a lot of travelling and much lesser gaps between the games than they would normally have and Klopp would definitely not want any of his first choice players to be injured going into this packed schedule.
Liverpool’s next game is against Watford on 14th of December at home.
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