Dejan Lovren was taken off early in the second half during Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Red Bull Salzburg, and was replaced by Joe Gomez.
The centre half was also taken off in the Reds’ Premier League fixture against Bournemouth, and it now seems he has an ongoing issue.
Gomez filled in for the defender, and put in a more than acceptable effort, and that was the case on both occasions so we’ve not got too much to worry about.
After the game against the Cherries, Jurgen Klopp confirmed that it was a muscular issue for Lovren and that it wasn’t a big concern.
But it seems that there is a little more caution about the issue this time around. “We hope that it’s exactly the same as last time. He felt something and we made the decision. It’s of course not cool,” the boss told This is Anfield.
“He played really well and was very important. We don’t know more in the moment. It felt similar like last time, that’s it. We have to see.”
The Athletic reporter James Pearce noted that the defender looked uncomfortable, and that he said that he had a “hamstring problem”.
Dejan Lovren clearly in discomfort as he walks slowly through the mixed zone. Says he’s got a hamstring problem. Joe Gomez is going to be vital for #LFC in the coming weeks.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) December 10, 2019
Luckily – we have Joe Gomez who can fill in for Lovren, and Joel Matip is due back soon enough, but this isn’t ideal, for us or the Croatian international.
Hopefully the “hamstring” comment was a little misguided and our No.6 isn’t going to need to spend some time on the sidelines!