Lovren returns to Liverpool training ahead of Arsenal encounter

Jurgen Klopp may be able to call on Dejan Lovren against Arsenal after the defender returned to Liverpool training.

Dejan Lovren was back in Liverpool training on Thursday but the defender faces a race against time to be fit for the crunch Premier League clash with Arsenal.

Liverpool, which hosts to its Champions League qualification rivals at Anfield on Saturday, has been without Lovren since the 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea on January 31 due to a knee problem, the Reds losing twice and conceding five goals in three games during his absence.

The Croatia international, who has often been paired with Joel Matip at centre-back by manager Jurgen Klopp this season, did not travel with the squad for a training camp in Spain, instead consulting a specialist in Germany last week. 

Despite having resumed training at Melwood, the 27-year-old may not be ready for the home game against the Gunners, which is one place and one point ahead of Liverpool, having played one match fewer than their fifth-placed rivals. 

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