Dejan Lovren forced off with knee injury in Liverpool's clash with RB Salzburg

Dejan Lovren has been forced off with knee injury in Liverpool’s clash with RB Salzburg.

The centre-back limped off early into the second half and was replaced by England international Joe Gomez.

Lovren was injured in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth on the weekend, and was replaced by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The Liverpool medical team assessed the injury, and Jurgen Klopp suggested the knock wasn’t a major cause for concern.

“Always you don’t know exactly but it looks not too serious, it looks like a little cramp,” said the Liverpool boss.

“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.

Dejan Lovren has been forced off with knee injury

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“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.”

Liverpool are currently without centre-back Joel Matip, who has also suffered a knee injury.

Klopp said on Matip: “Everything in our life is all under pressure. All the little things have to heal as quickly as possible, but here it is taking the normal amount of time.

“It was not like after four weeks or so that it was already as we wished, so we have to wait another two weeks I would think and then we will see.

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“But then he will have been out for six weeks or so, if it is perfect, fine, but he might need to rebuild his physical things as well, which is not too cool, but it is nothing serious.”


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