Unfortunately, Klopp’s gamble in handing the Croatian a sixth consecutive start failed as he limped off just six minutes into the 2-1 defeat at Molineux.
Liverpool head to the Amex this weekend looking for another vital three points in the title hunt, and Klopp is expected to be without Lovren.
According to the Liverpool Echo, “no timescale has been put on Lovren’s recovery” but he “won’t be ready” for this weekend.
There is positive news, however, in terms of a return date for Matip, who broke his collarbone in the last minute of the 1-0 win over Napoli in December.
He could, therefore, resume his partnership with Van Dijk after a promising spell of games alongside each other after Gomez fractured his leg in the 3-1 win at Burnley.
Gomez is not due to be back in action this month, with his comeback instead expected for the start of February, though Lynch adds that may be earlier “dependent on his response to treatment.”
Either way, the return of Matip and Gomez, and hopefully Lovren in the near future, will be a major boost for Klopp after Liverpool endured a tough, busy festive schedule.
The Reds now face a much more comfortable fixture list, with lengthier breaks between the clashes with Palace (Jan 19) and Leicester (Jan 30) as well as Bournemouth (Feb 9) and Bayern Munich (Feb 19).
But that Champions League last-16 first leg against Bayern at Anfield will see Klopp without Van Dijk, with the defensive leader suspended.