Dejan Lovren explains why Liverpool are suffering a defensive injury crisis


Joe Gomez is out for a number of months with a knee injury (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren feels the current injury crisis the Reds are going through is simply down to the hectic schedule clubs are having to contend with this season.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is having to deal with a number of selection headaches, with first choice centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both ruled out for a number of months with serious knee injuries.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is also sidelined with injury, as is Febinho, while summer signing Kostas Tsimikas is yet to make his debut having struggled for fitness.

With Lovren’s departure for Zenit St Petersburg in the summer, Liverpool are now horribly short of options at the back and pressure is going to land on players with little first team experience, including Neco Williams, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams, while Joel Matip is the only fit centre-back at the club.

Lovren does not blame the club for the problem, feeling there is little they can do during the truncated season, with domestic and European commitments, while most of the squad are involved internationally as well.

‘People wondering why there is so many injuries, it’s simple,’ the Croatian tweeted.

‘Too many games, impossible to recover, when you know that this year is a weird one(Covid). No proper time off, (personally I had only 8 days off) no proper pre-season and than the crazy schedule!!’

Lovren then backed the sentiments of Real Madrid and Germany star Toni Kroos, who slammed FIFA and UEFA for pushing players into tournaments like the Club World Cup and the talk of a European Super League.

‘With the invention of all these new things we seem to be just the puppets of FIFA and UEFA,’ Kroos told the Einfach mal Luppen podcast.

‘These competitions are created to suck everything out of every single player physically and to suck out as much money as possible.’

Lovren added: ‘@ToniKroos is right and many other managers said the same thing over and over again, but nobody listens.

‘People who write and decide the schedule of matches should think about this topic.’

Klopp is hopeful that Fabinho will be available again after the current international break and could play alongside Matip against Leicester City on 21 November at centre-back.

Alexander-Arnold is likely to be out for a bit longer and probably won’t feature again until December,


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