21 Feb 2017

Disaster for Klopp: 'Excellent' £20m Liverpool star may have serious, season-ending injury. Surgery?

It appears that one of Liverpool's senior players has a fairly serious injury, which may mean an extended spell on the sidelines.

Dejan Lovren missed Liverpool's recent 5-day jolly to La Manga as a result of suspect knee ligament damage, and when asked last week about the extend of the injury, Jurgen Klopp noted:

"Hopefully Dejan can come back to training when we come back on Sunday, that would be great".

Well, Lovren's knee injury is seemingly worse than anyone expected. According to ESPN today:

"Lovren has visited Germany for consultation on his persistent knee injury, a source told ESPN FC. Lovren visited a knee specialist to find a solution to his injury".

If a player has to visit a 'knee specialist', then it's clear that the injury is potentially serious (i.e. ligament damage) and - in all probability - will require surgery. If that's the case, Lovren will probably be out for the rest of the season. Whether that's a good or a bad thing is, however, debatable. Despite growing into a solid, dependable defender for Liverpool, Lovren is still a source of frustration for many Liverpool fans, and his enforced absence will - for them - be a blessing in disguise.

In my view, Lovren/Matip is Liverpool's most effective defensive partnership (and the stats support this), and although Lucas and Klavan are decent back-ups, 'decent' is not going to propel Liverpool into the Champions League. That said, Lucas delivered (arguably) a man-of-the-match defensive performance against Spurs, and if he maintains that form, the Reds should be okay.

^ Lovren: Cost Liverpool £20m. Hailed by Robbie Fowler as 'excellent'

bike trails


Post a Comment