Klopp handed major boost by 27-year-old ahead of Liverpool-Arsenal clash
By Will Butcher
Liverpool have received a major boost after Dejan Lovren returned to training ahead of Saturday’s showdown against Arsenal, according to a report.
Lovren, 27, has missed Liverpool’s last three matches with a knee injury, and has watched the Merseyside giants lose to Hull and Leicester, either side of a Tottenham win.
The Telegraph claims that the former Southampton defender sought medical advice in Germany last week, and could now be part of the side that faces Arsenal on the weekend.
It is not guaranteed Lovren will be fit to face the Gunners at Anfield but he is likely to be in contention for a starting place.
Manager Jurgen Klopp will be keen to strengthen his defensive options after England international Jamie Vardy terrorised the Merseyside giants backline on Monday night.
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His brace, along with a Danny Drinkwater volley, saw Liverpool suffer a 3-1 defeat to Leicester at the King Power Stadium, their sixth loss in 10 league and cup outings.
Brazil international Lucas came under huge criticism for his performance at the back, with manager Klopp opting to use him at the heart of the defence over Ragnar Klavan.
However, the return of the Croatia international could be the perfect remedy for Klopp as he looks to prevent Arsenal stealing a march on his side in the hunt for a Champions League slot.
The Gunners come into Saturday’s evening kick-off well rested after last featuring on February 20 against non-league outfit Sutton United in the FA Cup.
A win for Klopp’s Merseyside giants could see them climb to third in the Premier League table, if Manchester City drop points against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
In other Liverpool news, Michael Owen has predicted Saturday’s heavyweight showdown.