Monday’s forthcoming clash against a Leicester City side lacking in confidence is one that Liverpool should be prepared to take full advantage of after a two week break. Dejan Lovren, however, is set to miss the trip to the King Power Stadium with a knee injury.
The centre back is visiting a specialist in Germany to find a solution to a problem that has kept him out of the defeat to Hull City and victory over Tottenham Hotspur. Lucas Leiva has filled in for the 27-year-old, but Lovren has been Jürgen Klopp’s preferred partner for Joël Matip this season. Lovren has yet to fully convince as a consistent and reliable force in the heart of the defence, but the Croatian international has formed a good partnership with Matip.
Lovren was a notable absentee from the training camp in La Manga last week and may struggle to recover in time for Monday’s game. Lucas dispelled worries about being exposed by Tottenham’s attack with an excellent performance at Anfield and is set to start head of Ragnar Klavan in Lovren’s absence. A speedy return would give Liverpool greater options so it is hoped that Lovren’s knee problem does not prove to be serious.