By Rory O’Callaghan
Last Updated: 14/02/19 3:02pm
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits Dejan Lovren is unlikely to feature against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Lovren is still recovering from a hamstring injury sustained against Wolves last month and the Croatia international did not travel with his team-mates to the club’s warm-weather training camp in Marbella.
Man Utd vs Liverpool
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Virgil van Dijk is suspended for the first leg of the last-16 tie against Bayern and Klopp admits he may have to look for other solutions in defence, with Lovren unlikely to recover in time for the match.
“I don’t want to rule it out but I cannot really plan with it,” said Klopp.
“He is not here for good reasons, because he cannot be part of training. We are back on Friday. Then from Saturday on, Dejan is back at Melwood and we will see.
“But, of course, we have to prepare it differently. If Dejan gives a sign on Monday – ‘I feel brilliant’ – then we’d have to think anew.
“But in the moment we prepare the game and in this preparation Dejan is not involved. We have to find other solutions.”
However, Klopp has confirmed Georginio Wijnaldum is in contention to face Bayern after returning to full training on Thursday.
“Gini didn’t train yet, that’s of course not cool after a very intense game for him,” said Klopp.
“So he had a little dip, but will start today so that’s good.”