Looking to make a swift recovery from his recent hamstring injury, Dejan Lovren has provided a welcome fitness update, saying “I’ll be back soon.”
Jurgen Klopp has since strengthened his defensive ranks with the addition of Queens Park Rangers loanee Steven Caulker.
But speaking to LFCTV, the Croatian has confirmed that he is close to returning to the first-team fold.
“I’m very satisfied with my injury, it’s going really quickly again,” he said.
“I cannot say exactly but I’ll be back soon, hopefully this week. We will not take a risk for one or two games.
“We still need time, but I’m coming back.
“[There are] so many games and, unfortunately, so many injuries also.
“The Premier League is so tough but we have a good squad, a big squad and a new player in, so it’s good.”
Lovren’s suggestion that he would not be risked for “one or two games” implies that he will miss both Sunday’s Anfield clash with Manchester United and the Reds’ FA Cup third round replay at home to Exeter City on Wednesday night.
But with Caulker, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure at Klopp’s disposal, this is a reasonable situation.
Lovren has enjoyed an upturn in form since Klopp’s arrival, and was awarded Liverpool’s Player of the Month for December.
One of Lovren’s most positive attributes is becoming his durability, with his recovery time remarkably quick for a player so reliant on his strength and power.
Klopp will be highly anticipating Lovren’s return, as the 26-year-old had looked to have formed a solid partnership with Sakho before his injury.
If all goes well, Lovren is likely to make his comeback against Norwich City at Carrow Road, on 23 January.