This came after he explained in an interview with a Croatian outlet that he “cannot train at all because of stomach muscle issues,” with the 29-year-old visiting a specialist in the Netherlands.
Speaking to reporters after Liverpool’s thrashing of West Ham, Klopp cast an optimistic view over Lovren’s injury, though he conceded: “Obviously he’s not fit yet.”
“He had a few problems with that last year, but he could obviously play. He played really good, to be honest.
“Recovery days were always enough, it was not a problem in the next session again.
“We didn’t ‘train’ a lot at the end of the season of course, because we were constantly playing, but he played constantly.
“Now in the World Cup obviously [playing] three times, 120 minutes, he got a bit worse. But I’m pretty sure it will settle in the next one, two, three weeks I would say.
“In that time he can for sure train already, but not the full programme, so that will take time.
“It’s serious, but not that serious, so it’s not that we need to be afraid that it takes until whenever.
“In the moment he’s not available, that’s true.”
Matip has already returned to light training to provide a third option, while Nathaniel Phillips‘ impressive pre-season gives the Reds further depth.
But with Lovren continually struggling for full fitness, much like Matip and Klavan, this should be something Klopp addresses in the future.