Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed Alisson is in ‘good shape’ after suffering a calf injury, but refused to put a date on the goalkeeper’s possible return.
Alisson, 26, played every minute of Liverpool’s Premier League campaign last term, but was forced off in in the first half of the side’s 4-1 victory over Norwich on the opening weekend of this season.
After the match, Klopp confirmed Alisson would be ruled out for ‘the next few weeks’ and Adrian – who was brought in as a free agent this summer – has featured in place of Liverpool’s No.1.
Adrian was Liverpool’s Super Cup hero in a penalty shootout victory over Chelsea earlier this month before being brought back down to earth with a howler against Southampton.
While Liverpool went on to win 2-1 at St Mary’s, Klopp will be praying for Alisson’s return and it appears the Brazilian is making positive steps in his rehabilitation.
‘Looks good, he’s in good shape, good mood, but it will take time. I don’t know exactly,’ Klopp said ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Arsenal.
‘No date really in my mind, or nobody told me a date, I didn’t ask. We want to give him the time he needs.
‘In the beginning he was on crutches, which was normal with the injury he had, they are not there now. He walks normal, he can really train now completely different to a week ago. I think from now on it will go quick but how quick I don’t go.’
On Friday morning, Alisson posted a positive update on his injury, claiming he only had one more day remaining on the treatment table.
‘Good morning!! One more day of treatments!’ the Brazil international tweeted.
‘Every day feeling better! Looking forward to get back to the action!’
— Alisson Becker (@Alissonbecker) August 23, 2019
On Alisson’s fitness, Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg told The Athletic: ‘Ali is good. He’s in every day for treatment and they try to improve things.
‘He’s able to do some fitness work in the gym without using his leg. It’s difficult, but you have to try to look forward and be positive. You have to try to turn a negative into a positive.
‘They haven’t given us a specific time he’ll be out as it’s difficult to say how quickly it will heal. That’s all with the medics. There’s an international break coming up and we’ll have to wait and see how long it takes after that.
‘When something like that happens, you look at everything. Had the training load changed? The reality is that we hadn’t done anything differently in the build-up to that game. Ali felt fine.
‘We have a rule with the goalies that if there’s any kind of issue you always have to talk.
‘He actually came back in much better shape this summer than last year when we first signed him. It was all positive and that makes what happened so frustrating for everyone.’