The only thing that marred Liverpool’s otherwise outstanding performance at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon was the sight of centre-back Dejan Lovren getting substituted off the pitch in the 40th minute.
With Joel Matip still out for the foreseeable future, and approximately 1000 matches coming up in the next few weeks, Liverpool need all of their remaining centre-backs at full capacity.
After the match, manager Jürgen Klopp gave an update on the player that should ease some fears about the future.
“Always you don’t know exactly but it looks not too serious, it looks like a little cramp. He felt something, he told us, said he for sure could go to half-time, wanted to have treatment there and carry on, but we said no and stopped it there,” Klopp explained.
“That’s the status quo, you have these kind of things in this moment of the season. It is similar to what Gini and Adam Lallana had – not serious but serious enough to keep them out.
“Now we have two days to make sure they can go again. That’s what I think at the moment but I don’t know 100 per cent.”
So it looks as though Lovren getting the yank was a precautionary measure in a game that the Reds were capably controlling at that point. That should cause a few fans to give a big sigh of relief as we look towards Champions League knock out round qualification on Wednesday.