Pundit Mark Lawrenson has said that Dejan Lovern being inured is good news for Liverpool.
The 26-year-old has failed to impress so far in his time at Anfield since making a £20million switch from Southampton last summer.
The defender is unlikely to gain praise anytime soon either after a poor display in the Capital One Cup penalties-win over League Two side Carlisle United.
The Croatia international picked up an injury in that game and was substituted at half-time and will be out for a couple of weeks.
Lawrenson believes the injury setback could benefit the Merseysiders in the run-up to a couple of tough games for them.
In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, Lawrenson said: “He had a spell of two or three good games at the start of this season and you thought ‘you know what, maybe he’s going to be fine’.
“Wrong. His decision-making is absolutely awful. Awful. What on earth was he thinking for the goal Carlisle scored in midweek?
He should have gone and closed the ball down, not least as there were two other centre-backs to cover.
“Instead he came rushing out. It’s like he had never, ever defended before in his life, let alone been a £20million international centre-back.
“But the timing of Lovren’s absence could be a blessing in disguise for both player and team.
“It’s now a big chance for Mamadou Sakho to stake a regular claim and maybe even for Joe Gomez to, at some stage, impress in his favoured position.” he added.
By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)