Dejan Lovren’s injury is reportedly progressing well, and we’re now hopeful that he could yet be fit in time for our Boxing Day clash with league leaders Leicester City.
The Echo report that the initial estimation of a three-week lay-off now looks excessive, and that Klopp thinks he could be involved for the crucial home tie.
“It’s not that serious”, Klopp said when asked about Lovren’s progress. “He’s much better. We will see if he can train next week. He could be an option for Leicester”.
It means we will hopefully have some competition again at centre-half. With Kolo Toure struggling to get a look in, we’ve been reduced to just using Lovren and Skrtel since Sakho picked up a knee injury in our 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in early November.
With Sakho’s imminent return, but with Lovren initially feared to out for up to five weeks, it had looked like the situation would continue.
Klopp has confirmed that Sakho will be available for this weekend’s trip to Watford (via Echo), so there are no guarantees that Lovren will be able to recover his place in the eleven, despite an improvement in form prior to his injury.
Nonetheless, with a run of six games in 18 days between now and the FA Cup game with Exeter, Klopp will presumably rotate heavily and make full use of his available players.