Liverpool star Dejan Lovren will miss at least a month of first-team football following a knee injury he picked up against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, but is lucky that no ligament damage was sustained, Daily Mail reports.
Lovren was forced off the pitch following a rash challenge from Baggies midfielder Craig Gardner in the 79th minute, with the defender requiring five stitches to mend the injury.
And the tackle angered Reds manager Jurgen Klopp, causing there to be a rift between the German and West Brom boss Tony Pulis on the touchline.
However, Klopp came out to reveal after the clash that replays showed Gardner did actually hit the ball prior to contact.
“He (Gardner) played the ball, a millisecond before he hit Dejan,” the ex-Dortmund chief said.
“It was like the whole game – on the edge of everything. But he played the ball. If he didn’t play the ball, we don’t have to talk about this. We had some words in the game.
“Sometimes it takes more than a few seconds. If you want to make a big story of this… usually I shake hands.
“It was not a friendly game. We hope it is not too serious. We have to wait for the scan. It is a cut, everybody can see.”
Luckily for Klopp, France international Mamadou Sakho has resumed full training and is expected to slot right in for the Croatian at centre-back during the hectic festive schedule.
Liverpool will travel to Vicarage Road to face an in-form Watford side this coming weekend.