Dejan Lovren has revealed that he played through pain at the World Cup to help Croatia to the final and supporters have understandably reacted poorly on social media.
While he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, the former Southampton defender has been in great form for the last nine months but his recent actions could see him face stern consequences from the club.
Lovren revealed: “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: “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!”
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) August 11, 2018
“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!
“Of course, they [Liverpool] are not happy. I haven’t trained since I returned from holiday. I can’t.”
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Fans on social media are furious as they wonder if he didn’t tell the club before the end of the transfer window to ensure that a replacement wasn’t brought in, jeopardising his place in the starting XI.
While it’s all speculation at this point, the Croatian may have put Liverpool’s season at risk by not informing the club sooner.
Klopp ostracized Sakho for being stupid. Interesting to see what he does with Lovren
— John O’Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) August 11, 2018
Lovren to receive Sakho treatment from Klopp hopefully.
— CF (@ClinicalFirmino) August 11, 2018
Jurgen Klopp on Mamadou Sakho: Nearly missed the team flight out of Liverpool. Missed a training session. And was late for a team meal.
This was in 2016
Lovren is shaking right now
— ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤً (@NabySZN) August 11, 2018
— Faisal Rehman (@LFCDetroit) 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