After describing himself as one of the best defenders in the world, it’s fair to say Dejan Lovren certainly thinks a lot of himself and his abilities as a footballer. The Croatia international is now a Premier League veteran with his time at both Southampton and now Liverpool, but has been ousted by Joel Matip as Jurgen Klopp’s favoured choice to partner Virgil van Dijk.
But with the former Schalke man out injured, Lovren has come into the starting line-up in recent weeks, and to his credit, has performed admirably himself. As per Whoscored, he has averaged a mightily impressive 7.28 match rating in the Premier League this season, whilst he has registered 1.4 tackles and 1.1 interceptions per game too.
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But sadly for both him and Liverpool, the 30-year-old could well be out action for a little while. The centre-back was forced off with an injury in the first-half of the Reds’ win over Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon, and fans of the Merseyside club flooded to Twitter to voice their thoughts about the situation.
— DadiLaá (@ElikemStrokz) 7 December 2019
— TheOnlyOne (@StupidOne17) 7 December 2019
Many Liverpool fans cursed their luck at seeing another one of their first-team players go down with injury, with reports in recent weeks confirming that Fabinho has been ruled out until the New Year at least. And a few even wondered what Klopp could do to potentially solve their centre-back crisis, suggesting that Joe Gomez may not be the answer – one supporter even clamoured for Ragnar Klavan’s return.
We can’t catch a break can we
— RF9 🇧🇷 (@PrimeFirmino) 7 December 2019
So your telling me we’re one defensive injury away from playing James Milner at CB
— MARVIN (@_MarvinOnyango) 7 December 2019
Gomez vs Salzburg
— Michael SNM1 (@Snm1Michael) 7 December 2019
— Dakallo (@dakallo_) 7 December 2019
Bring back Klavan
— ぶれ (@kim_nim_jo) 7 December 2019
With the injuries beginning to add up for Klopp, the Liverpool boss will have to be very canny about the way he uses his options over the coming weeks. The Christmas schedule is a packed one for the Reds, and juggling the need for results and avoiding yet more misery on the medical front will be a real test of their credentials.