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Lovren Fit to Face Salzburg but Matip and Fabinho Remain Long-Term Doubts

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There was good news and bad news in equal measure on the injury front for Liverpool today.

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With Dejan Lovren having to be removed before halftime against Bournemouth on the weekend, there were fears that Liverpool could be facing a packed holiday schedule with just two fit senior centre halves.

Today, with Liverpool on their way to Austria ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League clash with Salzburg, manager Jürgen Klopp had some good news on that front at least—though other injury concerns remain.

“Gini and Dejan are completely fine,” Klopp told the club’s official website when asked about the status of Lovren as well as of midfielder Gini Wijnaldum, who also sat out Saturday’s game with a minor knock.

However, Adam Lallana—who also missed the Bournemouth match—remains injured, and Fabinho and Joël Matip aren’t any closer to returning, with Klopp saying neither will be an option before the new year arrives.

“It’s clear they will not be in before Christmas,” Klopp said when asked if he could update the status of Fabinho and Matip. “Not this year, actually. So why should we ask every five seconds if there’s some improvement”

“I know everybody involved is doing whatever they can. There will be a moment when somebody comes to me and tells me, ‘One week for him, two weeks for him,’ and I’ll start telling you.”