In an interview on the club’s official website, as cited by Sportskeeda, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said that the Croatian ace will be staying out of action for now after his injury, which he sustained at the end of the last season, was worsened by the long drawn World Cup campaign.
He said, “He is not fit. Let me say it like this, last year he already had a few problems with that but he could obviously play – and played really good.”
Klopp added, “Recovery days were always enough then it was not a problem and he was in the next session again. We did not train a lot in the end of the season, of course, because we were more or less constantly playing, but he played constantly.
“Now in the World Cup, [playing] three times [for] 120 minutes it got a bit worse, but I am pretty sure it will settle in the next one, two or three weeks.
“In that time he can probably for sure train already, but not the full programme, so that will then take time.
“In the end, it is serious but not that serious. In the moment he is not available, that’s true.”
However, the manager putting a deadline over the 29-year-old centre back’s return will surely be of much relief for the Liverpool fans, who have been worried about the performance of their backline in the last season. Though the Reds have brought in one of the best goalkeepers in the form of Alisson Becker this summer, they lack a quality figure in the heart of the defence to pair up with Virgil Van Dijk and Lovren is expected to be that man after his brilliant performance in the World Cup for Croatia.
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