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Dejan Lovren is set to be sidelined for Liverpool as a result of a stomach muscle injury sustained during the World Cup.
But why are Liverpool unhappy with their defender?
Well, because the Croatian international didn't mention the injury to his club in fear Jurgen Klopp would replace him in the summer transfer window.
"I cannot train at all because of stomach muscle issues. I am suffering a lot of pain and will see a specialist doctor in the Netherlands," Lovren said about his injury to Sportske novosti via Goal.
"When did I start to feel it? I felt it during the World Cup. I played with pain and those three games killed me. But who wouldn't play for Croatia at such a big tournament!
"After the World Cup finished, the pain increased. I can't even sit in my car without feeling it and to get out of the car hurts like hell!
"I'd always grit my teeth and play for Croatia, but now I am paying the price. But no price is too high for what we achieved in Russia."
How did Liverpool react?
"Of course, they are not happy," Lovren added.
"I haven't trained since I returned from holiday. I can't.
"I'll reassess things after seeing the doctor in Netherlands. I have to deal with that for now and believe it will be OK.
"I hoped it would pass during my holiday, but it didn't. As I went for a swim, it hurt. I couldn't even rest normally."
Dejan Lovren on his injury: "After the World Cup finished, the pain increased. I can't even sit in my car without feeling it and to get out of the car hurts like hell.- SH (@Sennesation) August 11, 2018
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Dejan Lovren has admitted that he played through the pain barrier at the World Cup after suffering stomach issues and has yet to return to full training. Lovren has admitted the club is not happy.
- DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) August 11, 2018
I've got absolutely no problem with Dejan Lovren pushing his body to the limit for his country to potentially win the World Cup, but to not inform your club of your injury is both amateur and selfish.
- Matt (@FalseFirmino) August 11, 2018
Dejan Lovren out for a while and not telling the club about his injury / pain for fear of potentially being replaced seems about right amid all this excitement for the new season.
- Kevin McGuinness (@Varmenszoon) August 11, 2018
Oh Dejan Lovren, never a dull moment with you
- Gareth J Forth (@GJ_Forthy) August 11, 2018
Did you actually keep your injury secret, @DejanLovren_ ??
Please tell us you told the club?? #lfc #lovren
- espentvedt (@fotballtvedt) August 11, 2018
The 29-year-old intends to remain at Anfield amid transfer speculation.
"Where would I go from Liverpool? It is one of the biggest clubs in the world and I am too happy here to move.
"We have the team to challenge for the title. We have experience from last season, no key players left and we can be better than last season.
"In the Champions League final we lacked experience and it was the only reason Real Madrid won. Plus, of course, the luck they had, which is part of football - first with [Mohamed] Salah's injury and then with the goals they scored.
"In the Premier League? Last season Man City made the difference at the start of the campaign and we must avoid losing points at an early stage this time."
Liverpool open their Premier League campaign on Sunday against West Ham United, and will do without Lovren's services.
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