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Dejan Lovren Injury: Liverpool Defender in Training Ahead of Manchester United

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistOctober 13, 2016

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30:  Dejan Lovren of Liverpool in action during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on January 30, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Liverpool have been given a major defensive boost ahead of Monday's clash with Manchester United after centre-back Dejan Lovren and right-back Nathaniel Clyne returned to training. 

Jacob Murtagh in the Mirror reported the defensive duo's potential return to action, with both having missed out on representing their countries during the recent international break. 

Croatia international Lovren, 27, picked up a knock in Liverpool's last outing against Swansea City, while Clyne missed out on facing Malta and Slovenia with England.

Given that Liverpool's back line remains the weak link in their side, manager Jurgen Klopp will be desperate for Lovren and Clyne both to be available for the United clash at Anfield as the Reds go for a fifth Premier League win on the bounce.

DERBY, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Derby County and Liverpool at iPro Stadium on September 20, 2016 in Derby, England. (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)
James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images

Clyne is Liverpool's undisputed starting right-back, and there is little genuine cover for him in the position.

Meanwhile, despite Klopp adding Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan to his centre-back options in the summer, Lovren remains a key part of the defence and has started five of the Reds' seven Premier League matches in 2016-17, per WhoScored.com. 

Lovren has had his critics since joining Liverpool from Southampton in 2014, but he has played a key role under Klopp.

The Croatia international is an increasingly reliable presence at the back, and given Liverpool's overall weaknesses in defence, he is something of a stalwart in the defensive line. 

There is cover available for him, with Matip, Klavan, Mamadou Sakho and even Lucas Leiva able to drop into the middle of defence.

But Klopp will be delighted to see Lovren return to fitness as Liverpool look to continue their excellent start to the new campaign.

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