Liverpool’s central defensive injury problems should be cleared up soon, manager Juergen Klopp said as the Premier League leaders prepare for Saturday’s test at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Croatian centre back Dejan Lovren picked up a muscle injury early in Monday’s FA Cup third round defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers to add to the absence of two other central defenders Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.
Klopp said Matip was back in training and suggested that Lovren could be back after the Jan. 19 game against Crystal Palace.
“They are not out for long. It’s not cool in this moment but in two weeks it will probably be okay,” he said.
“We are fine. A season is always like this. Who deals the best with their problems has the most success.”
“Joel trained yesterday for the first time with the team which is really good but we have to see and decide day-by-day,” he added.
The German indicated that Brazilian holding midfielder Fabinho could again fill-in alongside Virgil van Dijk and noted it was not a major shift for him to drop deeper.
“If Fabinho has to play as a centre half what we want is the natural understanding of the game,” he said.
“If you are a holding six (midfielder) or a centre half with the ball it is easier,” he added.