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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Liverpool suffer another Injury blow ahead of champion league clash against Bayern Munich

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said Dejan Lovren is a doubt for the team’s champions league clash against Bayern Munich next week. The Reds are facing up to the possibility of taking on Bayern Munich without their three first-choice central defenders.

The Croatian defender was initially named in the 31-man travelling squad for the warm weather training camp in Spain, but Klopp confirmed on Tuesday that he has stayed at home for treatment.

Lovren hasn’t played since being forced off in the early stages of the FA Cup third round defeat to Wolves on January 7, when he was replaced by the then 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever.

“Dejan is not here and Joe [Gomez] is not here,” Klopp official website. “That’s never a good sign, I would say, but we will try everything to make Dejan available for Munich. It will be a tight race.

“For him, it makes sense in the moment to be in another place to do what he has to do. It wouldn’t have helped if he was here, so we will try everything – that’s clear.”

Gomez is expected to be out for another month following surgery on the broken leg he sustained at Burnley in December, while Virgil van Dijk is suspended for the first leg against Bayern at Anfield on February 19.

That leaves Joel Matip as the only recognised senior central defender, although Fabinho did play there in that Wolves clash and the 1-0 Premier League win at Brighton .

The Brazilian missed the first training session of the Reds’ warm weather getaway along with both James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum, but Klopp confirmed he isn’t too concerned about the trio.

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