Dejan Lovren has returned to training and is a massive injury boost ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League game against Arsenal.

In a game with massive consequences for the fight for top four, Arsenal will travel to Merseyside to play Liverpool at Anfield. The Gunners returned to winning ways against Hull City last time out after losing two games consecutively. On the other hand, Jürgen Klopp’s side have won just one Premier League game in 2017 with a 2-0 victory over Spurs.

Liverpool have had to make do without Dejan Lovren in recent weeks as the Croatian has been struggling with a persistent knee issue. In his absence, Klopp opted to deploy Lucas Leiva alongside Jöel Matip.

Jamie Vardy enjoyed that, didn’t he?

The return of Lovren to training is massive for Liverpool. With Lovren and Matip paired together in central defence, the Reds have lost one game all season.

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Although there is no guarantee with Lovren, given the former Southampton man’s unpredictable nature, he is a good Premier League defender and a far cry better than Lucas.

Simon Mignolet today said that Liverpool aren’t looking to make any excuses for the abhorrence that has been on show since New Year’s Day. The Belgian is known to be as hot and cold as Lovren is but he makes a good point.

Regardless of injury, suspension or squad depth issues, the players at hand have failed by and large to make the most of what was a very promising situation at the turn of the year. The fact that things have soured so quickly is actually remarkable.

Liverpool will need to win on Saturday to maintain any hopes of Champions League football next season. Not least because it will help attract better players, but it’s where Liverpool belong.

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