Liverpool media round-up: Klopp has faith in Lovren, Sane being monitored as manager looks to January

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has backed Dejan Lovren to fill the void left by Mamadou Sakho's injury at the heart of the Reds' defence.

Lovren has yet to find a decent run of form since his big-money move from Southampton in August last year and has become a target for fans' ire, but Klopp has faith in the defender to not let the side down when called upon.

He's quoted in the Liverpool Echo as saying: “Dejan has done a really good job since I’ve come in here.

“I saw his first game for Liverpool - it was against Dortmund when we lost by four. He was brilliant on this day.

“I’d heard not the best things about him since but during my time here he’s looked strong and everything is okay.

“As long as these two guys are feeling good we don’t have a big problem. Mamadou is not 20 weeks out, it will be earlier than that so that’s good for us too.”

Former Reds defender Jamie Carragher has told the London Evening Standard that time is running out for Lovren to prove he can make the grade at Liverpool, saying he has to deliver during this run in the side. 

"The manager started him early on in the season and I thought he was outstanding against Arsenal and then you thought 'Is this the start of the Lovren being what he should be: a commanding centre-back for Liverpool?'

"But then in the following game, we played at home to West Ham and lost 3-0 and he was culpable for a goal. That can happen at times, but on the back of playing so well, to then go back to square one with that performance, put him in a bad light in the supporters' eyes.

"It will be another chance for him but sooner or later, he needs to take them."

The Echo has reported that Schalke winger Leroy Sane is being monitored by the Reds as Klopp looks ahead to the January window.

Klopp also went on to talk about the current players at the club, saying they now have a run of games to prove how good they are, which the Mirror report as a warning to the Reds players that they could be fighting for their futures at Anfield. 

“We will have the possibility to change some things in January and in the summer but at this moment we have made no decisions because we don’t have to make them yet.

“The players know this. It is always the same that at one point in the season you have to make a decision about them.

“We are at a time when they can collect positive arguments and say: ‘okay, we want to work together’."

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