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Klopp Provides Dejan Lovren Injury Update After Champions League Match

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The symptoms are similar to last time, and Liverpool hope, that the injury is not too serious.

RB Salzburg v Liverpool FC: Group E - UEFA Champions League
Someone hit the glühwein a little too hard in the Christmas markets.
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For the second time in as many matches, Dejan Lovren had to come off with a knock. Degsy impressed in the first half, dealing well with the physicality of RB Salzburg star-in-the-making Erling Håland.

Lovren could only make it to the 53 minute mark, reportedly feeling similar symptoms to those which forced his first half substitution at Bournemouth on the weekend.

In both cases Joe Gomez filled in at centerback and impressed. But with the absences of both Joel Matip and Fabinho, it leaves Liverpool precariously thin at the back.

“We hope that it’s exactly the same as last time,” Jurgen Klopp said in the post-match press conference, “He felt something and we made the decision. It’s of course not cool.

“He played really well and was very important. We don’t know more in the moment. It felt similar like last time, that’s it. We have to see.”

Hopefully it is nothing major. Though, we have seen how frequent knocks and niggling injuries have played a part in Lovren’s inability to remain a reliable starter throughout his Liverpool career.

The two unplanned subs in as many games surely doesn’t sit well with Klopp. If it is minor, perhaps Klopp should start Gomez instead, allowing Degsy to fully recover as the busy holiday fixture list wears on.