Jurgen Klopp confirmed the defender won’t be available at Old Trafford.
The pressure for title race is on. What was a 7 point lead at top of the table in January as reduced to three points. With City ahead of them on goal difference and a match played more, the pressure on Liverpool is more. The injuries to defender played a catalyst in downfall of Liverpool’s performance. It seems the injuries could jeopardize their Champions League ambition as well. Liverpool did prevent the attack from Bayern yesterday. However, Jurgen Klopp confirmed this defender will miss the match against Manchester United.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that defender Dejan Lovren is unlikely to play against Manchester United at the weekend, after missing Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich. Liverpool were without Lovren and the suspended Virgil Van Dijk for the visit of Bayern, meaning midfielder Fabinho had to drop back into defence alongside fourth-choice centre-back Joel Matip. Klopp confirmed Lovren is a major doubt for the trip to Old Trafford to face United on Sunday, adding to the long-term absence of Joe Gomez. Before Liverpool’s game against Bayern, Klopp said Lovren was never really in contention to feature against the Germans.
He said, “There was not a real doubt, to be honest. It was not mind games but Dejan had no chance for the game today actually, I don’t think he even has a chance for the next game. He will take his time. It was clear Fabinho and Joel have to play tonight, so we trained it – we tried everything – and now hopefully the boys are ready.” After picking up a hamstring injury against Wolves on January 7 and Lovren has yet to fully recover. The Croatian centre-back did not make the trip to Spain a week ago. Instead Lovred was at Merseyside with Joe Gomez. Lovren has sat out of the last five games with a hamstring problem aggravated in the 2-1 defeat to Wolves in the FA Cup on January 7, only making the substitutes’ bench once in that period.
Having watched on from the stands in Tuesday’s goalless Champions League draw with Bayern Munich, Lovren now looks likely to miss the trip to Old Trafford. Liverpool are thankfully set to welcome back a fresh-legged Virgil van Dijk after the Dutchman carried out his one-game suspension in the Champions League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær meanwhile has injury problems of his own to contend with after Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial were ruled out for up to three weeks with respective hamstring and groin problems.
Given the fact that Van Djik will be back in the squad will give a huge boost to Jurgen Klopp. Van Djik’s return means Klopp would have the option of either going pairing Fabinho or Joel Matip with the Dutchman.