Champions League

Klopp hopes Lovren knock not serious

2019-12-11 10:31
Dejan Lovren
Dejan Lovren (PA Images)

Cape Town - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is hopeful that defender Dejan Lovren did not pick up a serious injury in the win over RB Salzburg on Tuesday.

Goals by Naby Keita and a sensational strike from Mohamed Salah ensured a 2-0 victory in Austria that booked their passage through to the last 16 of the Champions League.

The one downside to the performance was Lovren suffering yet more injury issues as he was forced off for the second successive match with a hamstring problem.

The manager is hopeful it is only a recurrence of the cramp he suffered at Bournemouth on Saturday, but until he gets the full diagnosis, he cannot say for sure.

"We hope it's exactly the same as the last time he felt something, and we made a decision," Klopp said. "It wasn't cool. He played really well and was very important in those 55 minutes. We don't know at the moment. Like last time, we have to see."

Meanwhile, Klopp hailed a "sensational" goal by Salah.

The Egypt international had missed a hat-trick of relatively simple, by his standards at least, chances but slid home a curling shot from the narrowest of angles which virtually brushed the near post before creeping inside the far upright.

That came around a minute after Keita headed home Sadio Mane's cross, the two former Salzburg players combining to ease the nerves after Klopp's side endured a challenging first half.

But the moment Salah's goal went in it was plain sailing for the defending champions and the forward could still have had a couple more before the end.

"He played really well but didn't score in the situations we expect him to score, staying on track and making such a decisive but a difficult finish says probably much more about him than all the other goals he scored," Klopp said of Salah.

"He stayed concentrated, believed in the next moment and it was a very good goal. A sensational finish."


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