Dejan Lovren has not travelled as part of Liverpool’s squad for this week’s training camp in Marbella, as his recovery from a hamstring injury continues.
But while that pair have joined the squad in the Costa del Sol, the Croatian centre-back did not make the plane, instead remaining on Merseyside with Joe Gomez.
Lovren has sat out of the last five games with a hamstring problem aggravated in the 2-1 defeat to Wolves in the FA Cup on January 7, only making the substitutes’ bench once in that period.
“Dejan is not here and Joe [Gomez] is not here,” the manager explained.
“That’s never a good sign, I would say, but we will try everything to make Dejan available for Munich. It will be a tight race.
“For him, it makes sense in the moment to be in another place to do what he has to do.
“It wouldn’t have helped if he was here, so we will try everything—that’s clear.”
This would suggest it is very doubtful Lovren will be back to start against Bayern in the first leg at Anfield, leaving Klopp with few senior options at centre-back.
Gomez (leg) is not due back for at least another four weeks, while Virgil van Dijk is suspended for the February 19 clash after picking up three bookings in the group stage.
Seventeen-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever, who replaced Lovren after six minutes at Molineux, has been included in the Reds’ updated squad for the knockout stages, but should not be considered a viable alternative.
The hope will be that Lovren is able to recover in time, but the outlook is not good.