Dejan Lovren has been ruled out of Liverpool ‘s weekend clash with Watford and is facing a spell on the sidelines, Jurgen Klopp has revealed.
The Croatian was forced off before half-time of the Reds’ win at Bournemouth last Saturday due to muscle tightness, but made a surprisingly speedy return to feature in the starting XI at RB Salzburg in midweek.
However, he was unable to make it beyond the hour mark in Austria due to a recurrence and could now be out for some time.
“He is out, muscle this time – more serious than last time,” Klopp explained as he previewed the meeting with the Hornets. “We don’t have a timeframe.”
With Joel Matip out until the New Year, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are now Liverpool’s only fit senior centre-halves.
And Klopp has admitted that he may need to get creative to find a solution, particularly with Fabinho still on his way back from an ankle problem.
“It’s a concern, how you can imagine,” the German continued.
“It’s not the first time we are in a situation like this; last year, one game Fabinho played at centre-half, unfortunately he is out as well. It’s not too cool.
“In the moment we have two – we should take care of them, pack them in cotton wool and ask them what they want to do in training, ‘Are you ready or not?’ Apart from that, we have to be creative; we have the kids, of course, with Ki-Jana [Hoever] and Sepp [van den Berg].