Dejan Lovren Injury: Updates on Liverpool Star's Hamstring and Return

Tim DanielsFeatured Columnist

Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (R) receives treatment for an injury before being substituted in the first half during the English League Cup semi-final first leg football match at Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England, on January 5, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF

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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren was forced to exit the Jan. 5 Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Stoke City because of a hamstring injury. However, he is now ready for competitive action.

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Lovren was named in manager Jurgen Klopp's starting lineup for the FA Cup tie against West Ham.

Lovren Return Is Rare Good News for Klopp  

The defender's injury at Stoke marked the second setback of the match for Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho left the field after less than 20 minutes with a hamstring issue of his own.

Footy Accumulators noted at the time that gave the Reds six hamstring injuries compared to eight for the rest of the Premier League combined.

Lovren had enjoyed an uptick in form as a key cog in Liverpool's back line. It allowed him to provide some much-needed stability for the club, which has leaned more on its defence while seeking additional attacking consistency.

Kolo Toure has seen more playing time in his absence, but Klopp will be glad to have Lovren back to boost Liverpool's European ambitions.