Liverpool may have to resort to using a makeshift backline in this weekend’s clash against Leicester City.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is desperate for a win to end the recent slump his team have been in, but another match against the side that knocked his own out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, and at a ground where he has now lost all three visits, injury troubles are the last things that he needs.
Speaking to the media on Thursday ahead of that clash at the King Power, Klopp confirmed that Dejan Lovren, having missed the last two games with a back injury, has not been training and is a major doubt for Saturday, while Joel Matip and Emre Can have also picked up knocks.
Klopp: “Matip and Can picked up knocks in the last game. Lovren is not in training, so he’s a doubt for the weekend.” pic.twitter.com/d4165Ztu5i
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“It’s nothing major with Dejan but it was enough to keep him out of two games and he is not in training so far, so that means he is also a doubt for the weekend, which is not too cool.
“It’s the same with, but completely different [injuries], Joel Matip and Emre Can. They have little bits from the last game so we have to see if they can be back in training today or tomorrow, but it’s not sure at the moment.”
With Lovren seemingly almost certain to miss out, Ragnar Klavan is likely to deputise once again for the Croatian. Should Matip also be deemed unfit for the match, Klopp is likely to utilise Joe Gomez in the centre again in the same pairing from Tuesday, with Trent Alexander-Arnold returning to right-back to stand in for long-term absentee Nathaniel Clyne.
Liverpool’s defence, and Klopp by association, has come under major scrutiny in recent weeks ans a record of 16 goals conceded in nine games in all competitions has seen the Reds drop points needlessly from strong positions and find themselves out of one cup competition already.
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