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Klopp Explains Liverpool Star’s Absence From Champions League Squad

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren did not travel with the squad out to Portugal because of illness according to Jurgen Klopp.

There were concerns when the Croatian missed training on Monday, and the Reds boss explained his absence was due to a bug:

“Dejan is ill. He had a bad night, the Doc was there and he had no chance to travel. That is the reason for that”

“If you feel not well and had a bad night, we all know a day later and a high intense game, it doesn’t sound like exactly the thing you should do.”

Lovren has not been particularly lucky with his fitness this season. A minor hamstring injury he picked up against Wolves in the FA Cup back in early January kept him out for over two months.

The 29-year-old only made his first-team return in the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Porto last week, but he will be missing from the team that faces the Portuguese team at the Estadio do Dragao this evening.

Joel Matip, who has ably deputised in the absence of both Lovren and Joe Gomez, will likely keep his place as the Reds look to hold on to a two-goal lead in order to progress to the semi-finals.