Liverpool have received a massive blow in the form of a knee injury to Dejan Lovren, who had to be stretchered off in their 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. The Reds clinched a point in the sixth minute of injury time, having taken the lead in the first half, but are now waiting desperately for a positive assessment on Lovren.
Manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that it was a cut but scans will be made later on 14 December to diagnose the extent of the injury and the amount of time the former Southampton man will be out following the incident. The Reds already have three defenders out, with Mamadou Sakho, Joe Gomez and Jon Flanagan all on the sidelines. Sakho should be back in time for Christmas, but Flanagan and Gomez risk missing the rest of the season with serious knee ligament injuries.
This takes their tally of injuries to six for the season, not the worst in the division, but with a few key players out in a particular area Klopp will be hoping that the fringe players can raise their game and not implode as they have been accused of in recent years. The former Borussia Dortmund manager is under pressure, having seen his side go hot and cold in the period of a week, putting massive question marks over their ability to last the distance in the race for the top four.
"We don't know too much about it. It's a cut, as everybody could see in the dressing room," said Klopp, as quoted by the Daily Express. "We hope it's not too serious, but we have to wait for the scan. We have to wait overnight to see if it becomes swollen or not.
"I spoke to him and he felt not too bad. I saw the situation and anything could happen in that situation. Hopefully we'll have a little bit more luck than in previous situations like this – but we have to wait."