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Dejan Lovren | Defensemen | #5

Team: Liverpool
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/5/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 185

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Jürgen Klopp confirmed that Joe Allen and Adam Lallana are "not available" for Thursday’s Europa League clash against FC Augsburg. In addition, Dejan Lovren will miss out because of illness.
Allen hasn’t recovered from the hamstring injury which he picked up in game week twenty-five while Lallana is struggling to shake off a calf complaint. The second leg tie will also come too soon for Martin Skrtel who isn’t quite ready after suffering a setback in his recovery from a hamstring strain. The defender has been out since December – missing the last sixteen matches – but has rejoined the group and shouldn’t be too far away. The game against FC Augsburg will provide an excellent opportunity for Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge to "get rhythm" following their recent injury problems. Feb 24 - 10:14 AM

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Dejan Lovren is flying back to his home in Croatia to assist with a family illness and will not be in the squad for Liverpool tonight when they take on FC Augsburg in the first leg of a Europa League tie.

Lovren had been out with a hamstring injury but was training ahead of this match in Germany, so it would appear that he should be available for the next league match, which is not until March 2nd against Manchester City. He could feature at some point before then, when the Reds face Augsburg in the second leg of their Round of 32 Europa League matchup next week. It will likely me Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure partnering at center back tonight, but Jurgen Klopp does have Steven Caulker as an option as the loanee was added to the Europa League squad earlier this month.
Feb 18 - 7:26 AM

Jurgen Klopp revealed that Dejan Lovren will be left out of action this weekend when Liverpool travel to play Aston Villa.

Earlier in the week, Lovren's chances of being fit against Aston Villa were looking favorable, as Klopp had indicated that the center back was taken out of last weekend's match against Sunderland as a precaution. Unfortunately, the manager indicated that Lovren "has a strange feeling in his muscle" but hopes to have the Croatian available for the Reds next game. It looks like it will be a Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure partnership at center back once again on Sunday.
Feb 12 - 6:31 AM

Dejan Lovren was substituted early in Liverpool's draw with Sunderland on Saturday with a leg cramp, putting some doubt in the center back's availability for the Reds FA Cup replay against West Ham United on Wednesday.

Lovren lasted only eleven minutes against the Black Cats and it was revealed today by Jurgen Klopp that the Croatian felt cramping in the same area two or three times before being removed, labeling the substitution as precautionary. He was replaced by Kolo Toure and is likely to have the veteran fill in for the FA Cup tie with the Hammers. It sounds though that Lovren will be fit enough for Week 26 against Aston Villa barring a setback in training.
Source: Express
Feb 8 - 10:31 AM

Dejan Lovren is nearing a return to action but still needs more training before being fit enough to start, so the center back will likely be used as a bench option for the Capital One and FA Cup ties this week.

Jurgen Klopp has already anointed Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho as the center back pairing for tonight's 2nd leg semi-final against Stoke City. It is possible that Lovren will be fit enough to earn a start on Saturday when the Reds take on West Ham in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Either way, barring a setback, fantasy managers should expect the Croatian to be in contention for the next league contest, which will be a week from tonight against Leicester City.
Jan 26 - 6:29 AM

With Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho already out, the center back crisis at Anfield deepened with the news Dejan Lovren will miss the next two Premier League matches.

The Reds should get Kolo Toure back for the matches against Arsenal on January 13 but they won't have any other first team center backs healthy for the occasion. Jurgen Klopp may be forced to push Emre Can back in the formation - a move that Brendan Rodgers was heavily criticized for.
Jan 7 - 7:47 AM

Liverpool face a defensive crisis ahead of upcoming games against Exeter City, Arsenal and Manchester United. Dejan Lovren adds his name to ever growing injury list at Anfield and joins centre-backs Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho in the treatment room.

Jurgen Klopp will also monitor Kolo Toure ahead of Fridays’ game in the FA Cup after the 34-year-old limped through the remaining minutes of last nights’ Capital One Cup semi-final due to cramp. Lovren will be assessed and the full extent of his problem should be known after an MRI scan while Sakho (knee) injury is only believed to be minor. Skrtel however, will not return before February which could force Liverpool into the transfer market. "In this situation with no centre-backs fit, I would say [a transfer] is something we could look at. Two weeks ago we had three centre-backs, that's a good situation, at the start of the season we had five, now we have none," Klopp said.
Jan 6 - 9:05 AM

Dejan Lovren was initially projected to miss "up to a month" after being stretchered off with a knee injury during Liverpool's draw with West Brom in Week 16, but Jurgen Klopp suggests the center back has a chance to return by Boxing Day.

The Reds are in desperate need of some good news after a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Watford last weekend, which included an early exit for Martin Skrtel, who suffered a lower back injury and limped off. It is an injury crisis at Anfield ahead of a clash with table-leading Leicester in Week 18, with Simon Mignolet hoping to return while James Milner is looking as likely to miss out. Klopp will hope one of Skrtel or Lovren will be available, but Mamadou Sakho was very poor in the Watford game. In other words, start your Foxes with confidence.
Source: Metro
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 05:11:00 AM

Dejan Lovren had a scan on his injured knee and it revealed that the defender has not suffered any ligament damage but he will likely still be sidelined until some time in January.

With so many major knee injuries throughout the league this season, the initial speculation was understandably pessimistic for Lovren after he was stretchered off in the draw against West Brom. He is still going to miss some time during a crucial stretch of the season with the extra gameweek wedged between Christmas and New Year's. With Mamadou Sakho still not yet fully recovered, there is some uncertainty in who will partner Martin Skrtel at center back. Jurgen Klopp could turn to the veteran Kolo Toure but it may make more sense to push Emre Can to the backline and allow Lucas to re-enter the side in defensive midfield. Lucas was the odd man out with the return of Jordan Henderson but may now go straight back into a starting role.
Source: The Guardian
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 09:26:00 AM

Jurgen Klopp remains cautiously optimistic that the injury suffered by Dejan Lovren is not serious after the Liverpool defender was stretchered off during Sundays’ draw with West Brom.

Lovren needed gas and air as he was carried from the pitch following a Craig Gardner challenge which left the Croatian with an open wound on his right knee. Post-match Klopp revealed. "We don’t know too much about it. It’s a cut, we hope it’s not too serious, but we have to wait for the scan." Lovren has started every Premier League since Mamadou Sakho was injured at the beginning of November but the 26-year-old is now an early doubt for the trip to Vicarage Road next weekend. If he does miss out, then Kolo Toure could be in line for his first league start of the campaign although Sakho has re-joined the group and may come back into contention.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 05:42:00 PM

Liverpool are targeting the acquisition of Dejan Lovren's younger brother, Davor.

Jurgen Klopp is keen on adding another Lovren to the club, but the 17-year-old would likely be in their youth squad for a few years before he can get a sniff at sharing the pitch with his older brother should he someday sign with the Reds. A winger who plays on the right, the young man has drawn comparisons to Eden Hazard, though for Liverpool's sake, they will hope that comparison is not related to the season Hazard is having right now.
Source: Mirror
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 08:25:00 AM

Dejan Lovren is back in training under Jurgen Klopp's new regime, as he works his way back from an ankle injury suffered last month, as is Philippe Coutinho.

Lovren was stretchered off against Aston Villa in late September, but has made a speedy recovery after initial timetables indicated he could be absent for two months. It is hard to speculate where he fits into the defense with a new manager in charge, with perhaps Martin Skrtel and Nathaniel Clyne the only defenders with guaranteed spots. Coutinho played the full 90 in Week 8 and is vital to the cause, so expect him to be available for Week 9.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 07:58:00 AM

Dejan Lovren, who was removed from the Capitol One Cup against Carlisle with an ankle injury, will miss out tomorrow's league match against Aston Villa and may be absent for 3-4 weeks.

It was feared that the center back suffered ligament damage to his ankle, with initial timetables placing his recovery as long as two months, but after his scan results came back, Brendan Rodgers indicated a 3-4 week absence was expected. One wonders if Rodgers will be around long enough to see Lovren's return, as his name continues to rest firmly in the hot seat. Liverpool do have options at the back, depending on which formation they choose. If its a 3-5-2 again, Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel look safe bets, while the likes of Emre Can and Joe Gomez could take the third spot.
Source: Mirror
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 10:51:00 AM

After helping Liverpool to clean sheets in each of the first three matches, Dejan Lovren reminded folks of his penchant for mistakes in their Week 4 loss to West Ham United.

Just when it began to appear Lovren's disappointing first season at Anfield was an isolated blip in his career and the Reds were finally getting what they expected when they signed him from Southampton, he had a very poor game against the Hammers, with one of the goals conceded completely his to blame. You may see him listed among the defensive leaders at this early stage of the season, but be wary of investment. Fans will be clamoring for Mamadou Sakho to oust Lovren with one more poor showing if they aren't already. Maybe he can get things right but as a fantasy manager, if you already own him, you need to be ready for a replacement plan in any given week.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 02:10:00 PM

Liverpool got back on track with their win over Newcastle United yesterday evening but there is no need to rush out and grab any for your fantasy XI as their scheduled match in the league has been moved to allow for their FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa.

Another clean sheet for the Reds, with Dejan Lovren enjoying one of his better days since arriving to Anfield. Perhaps more key to their defensive success was the absence of Kolo Toure, who was at fault more often than not in their defeat against Manchester United. Fantasy managers will have to decide whether any of their Pool players purchased at a discount is worth stashing in a truncated Week 33. Anyone cut will likely come right back for Week 34, when they make up for this blank with a double against Stoke and Hull.
Tue, Apr 14, 2015 10:40:00 AM