Dejan Lovren's omission from the Liverpool squad when their team news was released was not a surprise for long when the defender revealed through his Instagram account a badly swollen black eye.
Liverpool reportedly have a £4.2m deal in place to acquire veteran center back Ragnar Klavan from Augsburg.
Former Tottenham midfield maestro Luka Modric scored the lone goal of the match as Croatia won their opening group stage match against Turkey, 1-0.
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.
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.
Jurgen Klopp revealed that Dejan Lovren will be left out of action this weekend when Liverpool travel to play Aston Villa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Liverpool are targeting the acquisition of Dejan Lovren's younger brother, Davor.