Dejan Lovren faces a race against time to be fit for Liverpool’s clash with Bayern Munich in the Champions League, according to Jurgen Klopp on liverpoolfc.com.

Lovren has made 13 appearances in all competitions thus far this season, but it is seeming more and more unlikely to that he will be involved against the Bavarian giants.

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Lovren has struggled for minutes in the Champions League thus far this season, playing 90 minutes just once, in the defeat to PSG.

He sustained a hamstring injury in the FA Cup defeat to Wolves in January, and has subsequently missed encounters with Brighton & Hove Albion, Crystal Palace, Leicester City, and AFC Bournemouth.

Liverpool have travelled to Spain for a warm-weather training camp but Klopp has confirmed that the Croatia international, who helped his country to the World Cup final in the summer, has not joined them.

Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “Dejan is not here and Joe [Gomez] is not here.

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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.”

A defensive headache

Liverpool face a headache against Bayern.

Klopp alluded to the fact that Joe Gomez is also injured and that means that there could be a major change at centre-back.

Virgil van Dijk, of course, is suspended after collecting three yellow cards across the group stage matches.

And that could see Fabinho, normally a defensive midfielder, and Joel Matip at centre-back against Bayern.

The first encounter will take place at Anfield and Klopp is sure to be desperate to secure a positive result to take back to Munich.

His cause, however, is not helped by his woes in defence.


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Harry Sherlock