Dejan Lovren has emerged as a major doubt for Liverpool’s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich after not travelling with the squad for their Marbella training camp.
Lovren hasn’t featured for the first team since injuring his hamstring early on in the FA Cup third round defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers on January 7.
While the majority of the squad have jetted out to Spain for a warm-weather training camp this week, the centre-back has remained at Melwood to continue his rehabilitation alongside fellow defender Joe Gomez.
And Liverpool boss Klopp admits Lovren now faces a real battle to be fit for the visit of Bayern next Tuesday.
“Dejan is not here and Joe (Gomez) is not here,” said Klopp, speaking to liverpoolfc.com.
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“That’s never a good sign, I would say, but we will try everything to make Dejan available for Munich. It will be a tight race.
“For him, it makes sense in the moment to be in another place to do what he has to do. It wouldn’t have helped if he was here, so we will try everything – that’s clear.”
It means the earliest Lovren would be available to return to team training is the weekend – just a few days before the round of 16 first leg tie with Bayern.
Lovren’s potential absence would represent a major headache for Klopp. With Gomez out until at least late March and Virgil van Dijk suspended, it would leave Joel Matip as Liverpool’s only recognised available senior centre-back.
Fabinho is on standby to feature as a makeshift centre-back, having filled in at Wolves in the FA Cup and at Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League the following week.