Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has this evening provided a brief update on the fitness of Alisson, on the back of the injury picked up by the shot-stopper versus Norwich.
Jurgen Klopp’s men welcomed the Canaries to Anfield last Friday night, for the respective sides’ opening outing of the Premier League season.
The hosts of course head into the campaign hoping to go one better than they managed in 2018/19, having been pipped to the English top-flight by Manchester City.
And their title hopes got off to an ideal start, with Liverpool having eventually run out 4-1 winners versus Norwich.
A blistering opening 45 minutes, during which an early own goal was added to by Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi, saw the Merseysiders take a commanding 4-goal lead into the interval.
Teemu Pukki did manage to restore some semblance of respectability to the scoreline with the visitors’ opening goal of the season just past the hour mark, but the damage had long been done.
An otherwise-positive opening to the new campaign for Liverpool, however, was soured considerably by an Alisson-shaped blow on the injury-front.
After slipping whilst taking a goal-kick shortly before the interval, the Brazilian could immediately be seen to be in clear discomfort.
This eventually resulted in Alisson being escorted off the pitch by Liverpool’s medical team, with debutant Adrian having replaced the Reds’ no.1 between the posts.
Subsequent reports, meanwhile, suggested that the Reds looked set to be without their first-choice shot-stopper for a period of between 4 and 8 weeks:
As things stand #LFC expecting to be without Alisson Becker for between 4 and 8 weeks depending on how quickly he heals. Club working on having Andy Lonergan on the bench for the Super Cup with Adrian starting.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) August 10, 2019
‘Takes him out for a while’
And Jurgen Klopp has since provided an update on the situation.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of Liverpool’s UEFA Super Cup meeting with Chelsea on Wednesday, the German tactician confirmed that his side will be without Alisson ‘for the next few weeks’:
‘[It’s] Not too cool. It’s a calf injury which takes him obviously out for a while.’
‘I don’t want to make now [an] exact prognosis on when he will be back but it will not be Wednesday for sure. So now then we have to see. It takes a while. It takes a couple weeks for sure, and we have to see.’
‘I saw already like ‘six weeks’ and stuff like this. But Ali was not a lot injured in his career so I would like to wait a little bit to see how he develops in that process now, but he is not in for the next few weeks.’
Jürgen Klopp has confirmed @Alissonbecker will be sidelined for ‘the next few weeks’ due to the calf injury he sustained on Friday.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 12, 2019