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Liverpool may be forced to field Lucas at centre-back against Spurs

Liverpool may be forced to field Lucas at centre-back against Spurs

Jurgen Klopp is sweating on the fitness of centre-halves Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan, as well as Adam Lallana, ahead of Liverpool's crunch clash against Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow.

Neither Lovren nor Klavan were present in the Liverpool squad that travelled to Hull last Saturday, a trip that ended in a 2-0 defeat.

Klopp was forced into fielding Brazilian midfielder Lucas at centre-back, something which may transpire once more against Mauricio Pochettino's side.

"It's not 100 per cent sure if Dejan Lovren can train today, still [with] problems," Klopp said at his press conference today. "But we still have hope that it is possible, so we'll see in a few minutes.

"Ragnar Klavan has had a real bacterial infection, so [had] six days in bed and [has] lost a little bit of weight.

"He was running the day before yesterday, and yesterday felt much better. He's involved in training today but we have to see what we can do with him."

With Lovren yet to train this week and a lighter Klavan only returning today, the outlook is bleak for Liverpool's backline.

Meanwhile, England midfielder Lallana also faces a race against time to be fit for Saturday's 5.30pm kick-off.

"Adam Lallana was out for two days with a little problem with the Achilles.

"We have to see. He's willing and we want, for sure, to try that he can train today and then he is available for tomorrow, because it was only two days."

Klopp also blasted rumours that he is planning to drop Simon Mignolet to start Loris Karius for the Anfield showdown.

Meanwhile, Tottenham will be missing both Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen for the crunch clash.

The knee injury which kept Rose out of Spurs' 1-0 home victory over Middlesbrough on Saturday will see the England left-back miss out again this weekend:

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 9, 2017

Pochettino was coy on Rose's return but the clash against Liverpool team, which could be pivotal in this season's title race, will come too soon for the 26-year-old.

Reports earlier this week suggested that the full-back could miss a month of action for the team currently sitting second in the Premier League.

Vertonghen, meanwhile, is yet to return to training after sustaining an ankle injury early in January as Spurs hammered West Brom 4-0.

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 9, 2017

Former Burnley right-back Kieran Trippier will return to the Spurs squad following a hip injury, though it sounds like long-term absentee Erik Lamela could be sat on the sidelines for some time yet:

— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 9, 2017