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Dejan Lovren | Defensemen | #6

Team: Liverpool
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/5/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 185

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Dejan Lovren has returned to training late in the week for Liverpool and has a chance to start against Arsenal on Saturday.
Lovren has missed the last three matches with a knee injury, with the Reds losing two of those games. It is difficult to have confidence in his return as the injury has been one of the nagging variety and he could very well fail a late test ahead of Saturday's late kickoff. Fantasy managers will not be too bent out of shape should Lovren miss an additional week as the matchup with the Gunners may not provide much of a return for Liverpool defenders. Jurgen Klopp could return to Lucas as a partner to Joel Matip this weekend or switch to Ragnar Klavan. Mar 3 - 6:49 AM
Source: Telegraph

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Dejan Lovren is at risk of missing this weekend’s trip to Leicester after travelling to Germany to meet with a knee specialist.

It was hoped that the Croatian centre-back would rejoin the main group in training this week following their return from a warm weather training camp in La Manga, but his availability for Monday night looks to be in doubt as he struggles to shake off a persistent knee problem. Lovren has been playing through pain barrier in recent weeks and it was hoped that rest and treatment during the Premier League break would help. However, a decision has now made the decision to send Lovren to Germany in an attempt to find the underlying cause. Joel Matip will line-up in a flat back four while Jürgen Klopp could look to Lucas Leiva or Ragnar Klavan to partner the former Schalke 04 in the heart of the Liverpool defence.
Feb 21 - 4:49 AM

Medical staff will assess Dejan Lovren when the squad reconvene at Melwood after Jürgen Klopp handed his players a few days off following their dismal display at Hull last weekend.

There was no news prior to the game at the KCOM Stadium, but it is understood that Lovren picked up a knee injury during the 1-1 draw with Chelsea and there are growing concerns that the Croatian may need to go for a scan to determine the precise nature of the problem. His absence on Saturday, coupled with Ragnar Klavan, who was also missing due to illness, earned Lucas Leiva a recall in the heart of the Liverpool defence alongside Joel Matip. However, with Tottenham visiting Anfield this weekend, the situation isn’t ideal, especially given their poor run of form and Klopp will be hoping for at least one returner to face Messrs Kane, Alli and Eriksen.
Feb 8 - 6:21 AM

Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren are expected to spend the next two-weeks working hard to recover from injury in an attempt to be ready to face Manchester United in gameweek eight.

Lallana over stretchered in the first half at the Liberty handing Daniel Sturridge an early opportunity, the Liverpool forward has started the last two games on the bench. Meanwhile, the injury to Lovren was less evident and only became apparent after the final whistle. The Croatian defender was back in the Liverpool starting line-up, replacing Ragnar Klavan, following his recovery from a viral infection but he was unable prevent Swansea from scoring to extend Liverpool’s run to 8 games without a clean sheet in the Premier League. Speaking post-match Jurgen Klopp confirmed the injured duo will be assessed to determine the extent of the injuries: "Lallana has a groin problem and Dejan Lovren too. We will see what they have exactly. Hopefully they'll use the break to recover."
Source: BBC Sport
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 11:01:00 AM

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that defender Dejan Lovren and Loris Karius are set to return to action Friday.

Lovren missed the club's match against Leicester City on Saturday, an impressive 4-1 win, after sustaining a facial injury in training last Friday. However, he has been cleared to face Chelsea Friday night, along with Karius. The summer signing has been out with a broken hand since the preseason, but has now proven his fitness in training according to Klopp: "The players involved in the last game are until now all ready again plus Dejan (Lovren)...Loris (Karius) is training a week now so all good."
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 07:28:00 PM

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.

Lovren suffered the eye injury in training the day before the match after an unlucky accidental clash with a teammate. Provided that the swelling goes down during the week, Lovren will be back in the XI for Week 5 against Chelsea. Unfortunately, the Reds play in the Friday night game, so that cuts the usual week downtime short by one day, but, seeing as how deputy Lucas performed against Leicester, Jurgen Klopp would probably prefer Lovren's one eye to Lucas' two.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 02:34:00 AM

Liverpool reportedly have a £4.2m deal in place to acquire veteran center back Ragnar Klavan from Augsburg.

This looks to be a wise move for Jurgen Klopp the way things are looking right now in defense. Martin Skrtel has been sold away. Kolo Toure has been released. Joe Gomez is still a ways away from being trustworthy after a lengthy layoff with a majot injury. Mamadou Sakho may not be ready to start the season and Joel Matip limped off early in yesterday's preseason match. Klavan, captain of the Estonia national team, would appear to be in line to play the Kolo Toure role last year. That is to say, he doesn't project to be a starter if everyone else is fit, but he can be an adequate fill-in during the ongoing injury carousel at Anfield.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Jul 18, 2016 09:27:00 AM

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.

While there were no current Premier League players on either side in this one, a former Spur and Croatian legend Luka Modric provided the spark his country needed to see a victory. Croatia was dominating Turkey for the entire match, having several chances come within inches of finding the back of the net. The goal came in the 42nd minute when Turkey failed to clear a ball effectively and fell into the path of Modric well outside the area and he was able to sizzle one on a half-volley past the Turkish keeper. The other two countries in group D, Spain and Czech Republic, will play tomorrow in what is perhaps the strongest group in the tournament.
Source: Guardian
Sun, Jun 12, 2016 11:00:00 AM

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.
Wed, Feb 24, 2016 10:14:00 AM

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.
Thu, Feb 18, 2016 07:26:00 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.
Fri, Feb 12, 2016 06:31:00 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
Mon, Feb 8, 2016 10:31:00 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.
Tue, Jan 26, 2016 06:29:00 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.
Thu, Jan 7, 2016 07:47:00 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.
Wed, Jan 6, 2016 09:05:00 AM