Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren will miss Saturday’s clash with Brighton & Hove Albion, according to the Daily Mirror.
The newspaper claims that the Croatian is out of the weekend’s contest with the Seagulls, having picked up a hamstring injury against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.
The former Southampton man was assessed by the Reds’ medical staff on Tuesday and it has now been revealed that he won’t play on Saturday, although he is yet to be ruled out for the following week’s game against Crystal Palace.
Lovren’s fellow centre halves Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are both currently on the sidelines, suggesting that midfielder Fabinho will partner Virgil van Dijk at the back on Saturday.
This is bad, if expected, news for Liverpool. When it was revealed that Lovren had suffered a hamstring injury against Wolves the natural assumption was that he would not be fit enough to face Brighton on Saturday, and it now looks as if that’s the case. This is a big blow to The Reds’ hopes on Saturday there’s no doubt about that. Say what you will about Lovren but he’s a natural centre back and he’s improved immeasurably over the past year or so. To have him out at the same time as Gomez and Matip is a major negative for manager Jurgen Klopp. Having said that, Fabinho performed admirably against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side on Monday and there’s nothing to suggest that he wouldn’t put in a similar effort against the Seagulls. With Van Dijk alongside him, rather than the 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever, it could very reasonably be argued that he’s likely to perform even better. This is a blow for Liverpool, but one that they should be able to survive.