Friday 20 October 2017

Lovren: I need painkillers to get through games

Liverpool's Dejan Lovren.
Liverpool's Dejan Lovren.

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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has admitted to taking painkillers to get through games as he battles a series of injuries that prevent him from training.

Lovren, 28, says back and Achilles injuries have left him in terrible pain and forced him to medicate in order to play. He missed the Premier League games against Manchester City and Burnley but took painkillers in order to get on the field in the win over Leicester last weekend and the midweek Champions League draw at Spartak Moscow.

"I have problems with my whole body for the last two weeks, my back and now I have hurt my Achilles tendon," Lovren said. "I am taking pills so I can play, five before every game. I play but I cannot train at all. That's why I skipped matches against Manchester City and Burnley."

Liverpool's defence has been very leaky, conceding 17 goals so far this season, with Jürgen Klopp unable to rely on a settled back line.

Klopp is more positive about his team at the other end of the pitch. Especially as he is able to add Sadio Mané, back from a three-match suspension, into an attacking quartet of Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah against Newcastle today.

"All four in the best moment is an unbelievable threat but you can do nothing without the other six on the pitch," said Klopp. "The big improvement of this team is that we really create a lot. We had a lot of talks in the last two years when we played against sides who are only defending and we don't create enough.

"That has changed and we've made a big step in this. So far it doesn't lead to the results that we want but in a few moments you cannot create bigger chances. We scored goals from much more difficult situations than the ones we've missed so far."

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