Lovren receives ban & Phillips undergoes surgery – Friday’s Liverpool News & Rumour Roundup

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Friday, on the eve of the Reds’ trip to Brighton.

Today’s Main Headlines

Lovren Receives International Ban

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, June 3, 2018: Croatia's Dejan Lovren lines-up before an international friendly between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Dejan Lovren has been banned for one international game, following a controversial social media post.

The centre-back posted a video after Croatia’s 3-2 defeat to Spain in November, appearing to brag about elbowing Sergio Ramos during the game.

The Spaniard famously injured Lovren’s good friend Mohamed Salah in last season’s Champions League final, with Lovren’s antics arguably acting as revenge.

UEFA penalises anyone “whose conduct is insulting or otherwise violates the basic rules of decent conduct”—something the Liverpool defender has been found guilty of.

Phillips Undergoes Surgery

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, August 7, 2018: Liverpool's Nathaniel Phillips during the preseason friendly match between Liverpool FC and Torino FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s centre-back injury woes aren’t only widespread in the first team, as Nathaniel Phillips‘ current predicament proves.

The club have confirmed that the young defender has recently undergone surgery to repair an ankle problem, with a lengthy spell on the sidelines on the cards.

Phillips has been tipped to return to training in March or April, although it can only been seen as a provisional comeback date for now.

The 21-year-old had been expected to feature for the first team this season, so this is a significant setback.

Firmino’s Advice to Youngsters

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Thursday, January 3, 2019: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the first equalising goal during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the Etihad Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool may have been knocked out the FA Cup by Wolves on Monday, but it was a proud night for debutants Rafa Camacho, Curtis Jones and Ki-Jana Hoever.

Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com, Roberto Firmino has urged them to stay grounded, when asked what his biggest piece of advice to them is:

“To keep their feet on the ground, to never get carried away and start thinking you’re too good.

“This is where it all starts for them, but they haven’t won anything yet.

“They need to remain focused, work hard and one day they’ll be able to show their full potential.”

The young trio couldn’t be working under a better manager than Jurgen Klopp when it comes to blooding youth, so more opportunities are sure to come their way.

Clyne Hopeful of England Return

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 16, 2018: Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It feels like a long time ago that Nathaniel Clyne was rivalling Kyle Walker as England’s first-choice right-back.

The 27-year-old has made a loan switch to Bournemouth for the rest of the season and he believes it can help him get back into the international fold.

“Everyone would love to play for their country so, if I’m playing well for Bournemouth, hopefully I get the opportunity,” Clyne told the Bournemouth Echo.

“I would be very happy for it.

“I think I’m good enough to play at international level. Hopefully, if I do well for Bournemouth, I will get another opportunity.”

Clyne could make his Premier League debut for Bournemouth on Sunday, when he takes on Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park.

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