Liverpool were this evening dealt a blow on the injury-front, during the club’s crucial victory over RB Salzburg.
Liverpool march on
The European champions wrapped up their Champions League group stage endeavours a short time ago.
Klopp’s men faced a tricky trip to Austria, to take on surprise package RB Salzburg.
Ahead of kick-off, Group E remained wide open, with Liverpool having topped the table on 10 points, narrowly ahead of 2nd-placed Napoli.
Salzburg, meanwhile, sat 3rd, with an impressive 7 points.
As such, Liverpool were aware that a defeat tonight could have seen them ousted from the Champions League.
When all was said and done, though, the Reds stood tall, navigating a testing 90 minutes to eventually emerge victorious.
A pair of quickfire goals from Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah just before the hour-mark eventually proved the difference between the sides at the Red Bull Arena Salzburg.
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An otherwise positive evening’s work for Liverpool, though, was soured ever-so-slightly by a blow on the injury front.
The player to have picked up the problem was Dejan Lovren.
Croatian stopper Lovren was actually a major doubt to even feature versus Salzburg, after being forced off during the Reds’ routine victory over Bournemouth at the weekend.
After being opted for from the off by Jurgen Klopp this evening, though, the 30-year-old’s latest appearance was also brought to a premature end, shortly after the interval.
What appeared to be a knee problem saw Lovren pull up on the halfway-line, with the defender having subsequently limped off to be replaced by Joe Gomez.
53′ Jürgen Klopp is forced into an early substitution. Lovren makes way, Gomez is introduced.
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