Lovren in passionate outburst after latest injury with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez

Former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has hit out at the sport's schedule makers after his old team-mate Joe Gomez suffered a serious knee injury.

Gomez has surgery on Thursday morning to repair a tendon in his left knee after sustaining the injury while training with the England national team.

A statement by Liverpool confirmed Gomez is expected to be 'out for a significant part of the remainder of 2020-21'.

The news is a huge blow to Gomez and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who had spoken out about the likelihood of players picking up injuries due to the hectic fixture schedule.

Earlier this week, Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos expressed his displeasure at FIFA and UEFA.

"We players are just the puppets of FIFA and UEFA with all these additional (competitions) that are invented.," Kroos said in the podcast Einfach mal Luppen. "Nobody is asked."

And Lovren, who left Liverpool in the summer after six years at Anfield, said players were not given the necessary time off.

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"People wondering why there is so many injuries, it’s simple," Lovren wrote on Twitter.

"Too many games, impossible to recover, when you know that this year is a weird one (Covid).

"No proper time off, (personally I had only 8 days off) no proper pre-season and than the crazy schedule!!

"@ToniKroos is right and many other managers said the same thing over and over again, but nobody listens.

"People who write and decide the schedule of matches should think about this topic."

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