Jurgen Klopp delivers positive injury update ahead of Bayern Munich clash

Jurgen Klopp has refused to rule out Dejan Lovren’s participation in Liverpool’s Champions League game against Bayern Munich on Tuesday but admitted he is looking at ‘other solutions’ in case he is absent.

Lovren hasn’t featured for Liverpool since limping off six minutes into their FA Cup third round defeat to Wolves with a hamstring injury five weeks ago and he wasn’t a part of the squad that flew out to Marbella for warm weather training this week.

Liverpool have a shortage of defensive options ahead of their last-16 game against Bayern with Joe Gomez having undergone surgery for a leg fracture and Virgil Van Dijk unavailable to play due to suspension.

Should Lovren also be ruled out of that game, Klopp’s only fit and available senior central defender would be Joel Matip and he has admitted that Liverpool are preparing for the game in expectation that the Croatian international will not feature.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Klopp said: ‘I don’t want to rule it out but I cannot really plan with it. He is not here for good reasons, because he cannot be part of training.

‘We are back on Friday. Then from Saturday on, Dejan is back at Melwood and we will see. But, of course, we have to prepare it differently. If Dejan gives a sign on Monday – ‘I feel brilliant’ – then we’d have to think anew.

‘But in the moment we prepare the game and in this preparation Dejan is not involved. We have to find other solutions.’

After playing in the World Cup final for Croatia, Lovren’s start to the season was delayed as he recovered from a pelvic injury picked up during the competition.

In that time, Gomez emerged as Van Dijk’s regular partner at the heart of Liverpool’s defence with the duo forming an exceptional understanding in the opening months of the season.

Nevertheless, Lovren has still managed 13 appearances for the club this season, scoring once and it would be a huge blow to Klopp if he were unable to face the Bundesliga giants.

Fabinho played at centre-back during that game against Wolves and could be in line to deputise for Lovren should he be unable to feature.