Klopp plays down Lovren injury concerns
Jurgen Klopp has played down an injury picked up by Dejan Lovren as Liverpool picked up a 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.
The German opted to give Sadio Mane a well-earned rest on the bench, while Divock Origi was also given a breather following his heroics against Everton as the Reds cantered to a first clean sheet in 14 games, without conceding an attempt on target.
The only sour note on the south coast came when defender Lovren had to be replaced by Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 40th minute.
Klopp, who was also without Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana because of minor issues, does not believe the Croatian’s injury to be severe ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Champions League clash with RB Salzburg.
“You don’t always know exactly but it looks not too serious, it looks like a bit of cramp,” Klopp said of Lovren. “It’s similar to Gini Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana, not serious but serious enough to keep them out. We have two days to make sure that they can go again. I don’t know 100 per cent.”
Meanwhile Klopp hailed a “professional and mature” performance after Liverpool continued their relentless march to a first title in 30 years.
Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah in a devastating 19-minute spell either side of half-time saw the Reds make it 33 Premier League games unbeaten to move 11 points clear at the top of the table.
Bournemouth’s cause was not helped by a hamstring injury to key defender Nathan Ake moments before Oxlade-Chamberlain’s opener, while Cherries striker Callum Wilson limped off in the second half on a miserable afternoon for Eddie Howe’s out-of-form hosts.
With a commanding three-goal lead after 54 minutes, Klopp was afforded the luxury of not taking unnecessary risks as he negotiates a packed December fixture list and interest in five different competitions.
Asked if it was a perfect day, the Liverpool boss replied: “Yeah, it was, 100 per cent.”