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Liverpool progressed into the last 16 in the Champions League.

But one defender could now be set on the sidelines.

Dejan Lovren went off early for the second successive game but Jurgen Klopp has hope he only suffered a recurrence of cramp. Jurgen Klopp is hoping the knock he suffered during Liverpool’s crucial Champions League win over Salzburg is a not a serious one.

Lovren, who limped out of Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Bournemouth at the weekend in the first half because of cramp, was forced off 53 minutes into their 2-0 success in Austria, which clinched top spot in Group E.

Klopp believes the Croat may have been have affected by a recurrence of cramp, the German knowing his side can ill-afford to lose Lovren with their Club World Cup campaign looming.

“We hope Dejan is nothing serious,” Klopp told BT Sport. He later added in a post-match media conference: “We hope that it is exactly the same as last time. He felt something and we made the decision. It is of course not cool. He played really well and was very important. We don’t know more in the moment. It felt similar like last time, that is it. We have to see.”

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