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Lovren had only just returned from injury.

Dejan Lovren and Joe Allen off with injuries against Sunderland

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Liverpool's bad luck with injuries struck again against Sunderland this afternoon, with defender Dejan Lovren limping off in the first half against Sunderland.

The Reds have struggled badly with injuries this term, especially at the back - and now they could be without Lovren for an unknown amount of time.

The former Southampton defender was replaced by Kolo Toure against Sunderland, with the score at 0-0 heading into half-time.

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Lovren had only recently returned from a three week lay off from a hamstring complaint, and seemed to aggravate the same injury as he signalled to the Liverpool bench for a substitution to be made with just 11 minutes of the match gone. Things got even worse when Joe Allen was also forced off, with what looked like another hamstring injury.

The injury setback was the last thing Liverpool needed as they look to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat against Leicester in midweek.

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That loss left the club 11 points adrift of Arsenal in fourth place and their chances of Champions League qualification hanging by a thread.

There was some slightly better news for Jurgen Klopp and his team as Daniel Sturridge took another step towards backing his own comeback from a long-term injury lay-off. The former Chelsea and Manchester City man was named on the bench for today's game against the Black Cats, and could make an appearance in the second half.

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