Liverpool pulled off their fourth league victory in a row, bumping them up to second on the table - at least before Sunday’s matches - after a coming from behind to pick up all three points against Swansea City. The win comes with a price, though, and today it was injuries picked up by starters Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.
Post-match, Jürgen Klopp spoke about both players, saying, “Dejan was one of the last moments of the game. [It is a] groin [injury] for both, hopefully not that serious.
“Adam felt it, tried it again and it didn’t work. In this moment they have no chance for the national teams. But hopefully 16 days should be enough to bring them back onto the pitch for the next game.
“Things like this happen – there was no sign of it in the week. The pitch was a little bit wet, of course, so things like this can happen. It’s not too nice but nothing else.”
Lallana’s injury is the most concerning, with the attacker getting substituted out of the game after just 20 minutes and heading straight down the tunnel to get it seen to. Lallana was voted Liverpool’s Player of the Month for September, and his three goals and three assists in the league have been a big factor so far in Liverpool’s success.
Lovren is a strange one. His season has been blighted by insignificant injuries that have seen him out a game here, a game there. First a giant shiner picked up at training made him miss the Leicester game, then a virus kept him out of the Hull City drubbing, and now it would seem he’s set to miss out on international duty as he recovers.
The good news is that there is over two weeks until Liverpool play again - if, indeed, that could be considered good news when the team is on such a roll. It will give both men time to rest and recover. The bad news is that if more time out of the squad is needed by either player, the next match is a big one against Manchester United. While Ragnar Klavan, and certainly Daniel Sturridge, are good replacements, Klopp will want his full squad available to take on Jose Mourinho’s men.
With the Reds’ stars set to jet off around the globe for international duty this week, we can only hope that these two injuries are the only ones that Klopp has to contend with come October 17th.