Liverpool fans will be worrying this afternoon after it was confirmed that their defender Dejan Lovren has left the Croatia international squad due to injury. BBC Sport report that Lovren will return to Anfield to have his abdominal problem assessed by the Liverpool club doctors.
Dejan Lovren, 25-years-old, joined Liverpool this summer from Premier League side Southampton for £20m. He had played 31 league games in his debut season in the UK, scoring 2 goals from centre-back. His departure become controversial following the mass exodus of players from the St Mary’s Stadium over the transfer window. Liverpool’s bid for Lovren was rejected but he handed in a transfer request to force the switch through. The deal was eventually confirmed on 27 July as he joined Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana also making the move between the two sides.
Lovren has played in all 7 of Liverpool’s Premier League ties this campaign but now joins Daniel Sturridge, Emre Can and Joe Allen as stars who have all picked up injures whilst on international duty. This is frustrating for manager Brendan Rodgers who was understandably annoyed by England’s treatment of Daniel Sturridge that led to the talisman’s injury.
Liverpool have had a tough start to the season and lie in 9th place in the table after 7 matches but only 10 points. This sees them already 9 points behind leaders Chelsea as a busy period of club football starts when the teams regroup after the international break. Lovren, capped 30 times by Croatia, will hopefully be fit for the away Premier League tie with QPR on 19 October then the massive Champions League clash at Anfield against Real Madrid on 22 October.