Jurgen Klopp Says Dejan Lovren Is a Doubt for Bayern Munich Clash Due to Injury

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2019

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16:  Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool and Dejan Lovren of Liverpool celebrate following their sides victory in the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said Dejan Lovren is a doubt for the team's round-of-16 first leg with Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League due to injury. 

Neither Lovren nor Joe Gomez are part of the travelling party for the team's current training camp in Marbella. Liverpool are next in action on Tuesday, February 19 when they host Bayern at Anfield.

Speaking about the injury issues, Klopp said the Croatia international's involvement in that encounter is questionable, per the club's official website:

"Dejan is not here and Joe [Gomez] is not here. 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."

James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo provided further details:

Lovren has been absent since he hobbled off injured during the FA Cup clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers on January 7. His problem is one of a number recently suffered by the Reds at the back.

Gomez is set for a longer stint on the sidelines after it was confirmed he would need surgery on a leg fracture he picked up in December. In addition, Trent Alexander-Arnold has just recovered after a spell on the sidelines, returning to the side on Saturday as a substitute in the 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

What will be worrying for Klopp looking ahead to the match against Munich is the fact that star defender Virgil van Dijk is suspended for the fist leg at Anfield. Football writer Jack Lusby noted the team may have to field a makeshift defence as such:

Lovren may continue to divide opinion among Liverpool supporters, but he was part of the team that made it to the final of the Champions League last season, and he's experienced when it comes to these big occasions.

Although Bayern have been far from their best this season, in Robert Lewandowski they boast one of European football's best strikers. If Lovren can't recover in time for Anfield showdown that will be a big worry for Klopp.

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