Dejan Lovren has stepped up his efforts to overcome a hamstring injury that has stunted his start to the new year with Liverpool.
The Croatian hasn’t played for the Reds since being substituted in the sixth minute of the FA Cup defeat to Wolves at Molineux on January 7.
Having been declared fit enough to make the bench for the 1-1 draw against Leicester on January 30, he was later confined to an extended spell out of action due to a setback in his recovery.
He even failed to make the trip to Marbella for the club’s warm weather training camp, with Jurgen Klopp admitting he has been preparing for Tuesday’s clash with Bayern Munich as though he will be unavailable.
Lovren has now flown home to Croatia to work with a strength and conditioning coach, according to the Mirror’s David Maddock.
It is proving to be an injury-stricken campaign for the defender, who has managed just 13 appearances across all competitions out of Liverpool’s 34 games.
Lovren didn’t get his season underway until October’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City at Anfield having returned from the World Cup with a pelvis injury.
He then failed to feature in five out of six games across November and December, and has now missed five out of six league fixtures since the turn of the year.
Liverpool head into their Champions League Round of 16 first leg with just one recognised centre-back available in Joel Matip.