Dejan Lovren claims Liverpool are not happy with his fitness after World Cup


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Dejan Lovren has been ruled out of Liverpools clash with West Ham (Picture: Getty)

Dejan Lovren has revealed that Liverpool are not happy after he returned from the World Cup with stomach muscle problems.

The 29-year-old was at the heart of Croatias side which reached the final of this summers tournament in Russia and missed Liverpools entire pre-season ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Lovren will play no part in the Reds Premier League opener with West Ham and the defender has lifted the lid on his fitness issues since returning to England.

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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, the centre-back said.

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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 wouldnt play for Croatia at such a big tournament!

Liverpool are not happy with the Croatians fitness levels (Picture: Getty)

After the World Cup finished, the pain increased. I cant even sit in my car without feeling it and to get out of the car hurts like hell!

Id always grit my teeth and play for Croatia, but now I am paying the price. But no price is too high for what we achieved in Russia.

Dejan Lovrens Croatia were beaten in the World Cup final by France (Picture: Getty)

Lovren claimed that the club are far from happy with his current fitness levels heading into the new season.

Of course, they are not happy, the Croatia international added.

I havent trained since I returned from holiday. I cant.

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Ill reassess things after seeing the doctor in Netherlands. I have to deal with that for now and believe it will be OK.

I hoped it would pass during my holiday, but it didnt. As I went for a swim, it hurt. I couldnt even rest normally.

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