Liverpool star Dejan Lovren opens up on psychological struggles during lockdown

Dejan Lovren has opened up about how he is "struggling psychologically" and missing training with his Liverpool teammates during the lockdown imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.

The Reds have not trained as a group since the Anfield club voluntarily suspended activity at their Melwood base on 13 March.

During the lockdown, Liverpool players have been given tailored training regimes to carry out and have been staying in contact via video calls with Jurgen Klopp and the coaching staff.

But after nearly two months away from the rest of the Liverpool squad, Lovren is missing training with his teammates and is struggling during lockdown.

"Honestly, it's not easy," Lovren told Croatian outlet Sportske Novosti. "We have been locked in homes for [over] 46 days!

"We didn't go out anywhere. Psychologically, I am struggling with myself. The hardest thing to do is go through psychologically.

"When it comes to training, I work alone. I'm really a worker, it's not a problem for me to train on my own. But it's totally different when you train alone than when you train on a team.

"You are locked in the house, every day is one and the same.

"I have training devices, I try to maintain myself in various ways. For example, I run up and down stairs, so I do exercises on them. I try to invent exercises, something. We got a training plan from the club, but it's hard.

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"Alone, there is no one to help me when it is hardest for me, when you work alone, the story really has other outlines. I motivate myself as I know it.

"For example, sometimes when I wake up in the morning I say to myself 'I'm going to break up today'."

Lovren also believes his fitness levels have been impacted despite his bespoke individual training regime, though he is confident they will bounce back once he returns to team training.

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