Liverpool Team News: Klopp Confirms Fresh Injury Blow + Offers Lovren Update

By on December 18, 2015

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Liverpool will look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they take on Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday afternoon.

Ahead of the game, Jurgen Klopp has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he’s given Liverpoolfc.com a team news and injury update.

Unfortunately, the Reds boss revealed a fresh injury blow with the news that James Milner will miss the trip to North London this weekend after picking up a minor calf injury in training.

The vice-captain sustained the problem during a warm up and although scans have shown the injury to be nothing serious, Klopp has decided not to take any risks with the midfielder against Watford.

The Liverpool boss also offered a positive update on the fitness of Dejan Lovren as he looks to make a swift return after suffering what initially looked like a serious knee injury during the 2-2 draw with West Brom last week.

Klopp has confirmed the injury is not that serious and although he won’t be under consideration against the Hornets on Sunday, the German coach says Lovren has every chance of making his return against Leicester next weekend.

Klopp told the clubs website:

“Milly has a problem with his calf. It will take a few days – we made a scan.

“It was after warming up in training, not too much, and after warming up he felt something so we didn’t want to take a risk.

“When we made the assessment we saw a little muscle injury. We have to wait. I don’t know how long, but for the weekend he’s not an option.”

“That [Lovren’s injury] was one of the best [pieces of] news after the West Brom game – it’s not that serious.

“We have to see. If he can train from next week, Tuesday or Wednesday on, he would be an option for Leicester. I don’t know in this moment.

“But after Leicester, for sure he should be available again. We have to see. His progress was really quick and he’s getting better and better.

“It was swollen at the beginning, it looks much better. Maybe Leicester, maybe after Leicester, but then he should be OK.”

It’ll be a blow for Liverpool to be without Milner as he’s become an integral part of the Merseysiders starting eleven since joining the club in the summer but thankfully Klopp has plenty of options in the middle of the park to call upon in his absence.

Liverpool head to Watford this weekend sitting ninth in the table after taking only one point from their previous two games so Klopp will be desperate to get their top four push back on track with a win on Sunday.

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