Lovren has missed the Reds’ opening two games due to Croatia making the World Cup final as well as through a pelvic injury

Dejan Lovren is expected to return to the Liverpool fold after next month’s international break, according to boss Jurgen Klopp.

The defender’s 2018/19 season has been delayed due to Croatia making it to the World Cup final this summer as well as through sustaining a pelvic problem since coming back from his summer break.

Lovren claimed he was playing through the pain at the World Cup

Lovren was ruled out for Liverpool’s home game against Brighton on Saturday and Klopp believes he won’t be fit for their match at Leicester the following weekend.

Klopp said: “Dejan is coming closer but he’s not really around team training in the moment.

“I’m pretty sure no chance for the Leicester game and then, hopefully, after the international break, he will be ready to go.

“That would be nice. That was actually the target from the first day when he was in and we knew about his problems.

“We thought ‘OK, if we can give him that time, then that would be cool’.”

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