Jürgen Klopp says he’s having to prepare for next week’s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich without Dejan Lovren in mind.
The Liverpool defender was left behind when the squad flew out for their training camp in Spain to continue his rehabilitation from the hamstring injury that he sustained against Wolves in the FA Cup 3rd Round last month.
Joe Gomez is already ruled out due to injury while Virgil van Dijk is suspended for the first leg tie meaning that Joël Matip is the only centre-back that is currently available for selection.
Fabinho or Jordan Henderson could be deployed alongside Matip if Lovren misses out. Fabinho was deployed as a centre-back in that FA Cup tie against Wolves and also the 1-0 Premier League win at Brighton a few days later. Henderson was originally due to play centre-back against Wolves but was injured in training the day before the match.
Providing an update to the official Liverpool FC website, the boss said: “I don’t want to rule it out but I cannot really plan with it.
“He is not here for good reasons, because he cannot be part of training.
“We are back on Friday. Then from Saturday on, Dejan is back at Melwood and we will see. But, of course, we have to prepare it differently.
“If Dejan gives a sign on Monday – ‘I feel brilliant’ – then we’d have to think anew.
“But in the moment we prepare the game and in this preparation Dejan is not involved. We have to find other solutions.”
- Dejan Lovren is currently trading at £1.00 on the Football Index at the time of writing