Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson set to return to full training this week with Jurgen Klopp delighted to have Brazilian approaching full fitness
- Liverpool’s Alisson has cleared a major hurdle in his bid to return to action
- The Brazilian stopper has been out since he tore his calf on the opening weekend
- Adrian has proven to be an able deputy but Alisson’s return will be a huge boost
- Jurgen Klopp could not his delight as he shared the news on Friday morning
Alisson Becker has cleared a significant hurdle in his quest to regain full fitness and is edging closer to returning to Liverpool‘s first team.
The Brazil goalkeeper has been out since he tore his calf in the opening weekend win over Norwich, with the initial diagnosis being that Alisson would be out for up to eight weeks.
Adrian, the Spaniard who Liverpool signed on a free transfer, has proven to be an able deputy but there is no dispute that Liverpool’s play will significantly improve when the man who was named FIFA‘s best goalkeeper of 2019 returns between the posts.
Alisson Becker has cleared a significant hurdle in his quest to return to first-team action
Jurgen Klopp could not his delight as he shared the news of Alisson’s return Friday morning
He has stepped up his rehabilitation programme over the last week and should there be no setbacks in the next 48 hours, Alisson could return to full training with the first team ahead on Sunday.
Liverpool have games against Red Bull Salzburg and Leicester following tomorrow’s lunchtime clash with Sheffield United but there is no indication at this stage that Alisson will play in either of those fixtures.
It remains most likely that he will relaunch his season at Old Trafford on Sunday October 20 following the international break.
‘Adrian’s form has made everything easy for us,’ said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. ‘Imagine if we asked Ali after a week ‘ok you limp but we don’t care, go in goal!’ Adrian is doing a brilliant job and that makes everything easier, 100 per cent.
‘It’s important with injuries that you don’t rush it, but if you have no other option in a position then sometimes you cut two or three days off the rehab time. We don’t like to take risks. We will see when he’s ready. Until then, Adrian is our goalie and so far he did really well.’
Adrian has stepped in to fill the void and done a superb job so far as Liverpool goalkeeper
Klopp, meanwhile, has praised the form of Joel Matip, whose form in the past six months has been exemplary. The Cameroon international has made himself Virgil van Dijk’s regular partner and his manager is thrilled with his efforts.
‘Joel was always an incredible talent,’ said Klopp. He played as an 18-year-old boy for Schalke in the Bundesliga. It’s a strong league and he played there, and was always a standout player, a fixed point in defence.
‘Yes he lacked a little bit of consistency, that can happen especially with his physical stature. He doesn’t always look sensational when he moves. But he grew and developed.
‘In a world of big transfer fees, to sign a player like Joel Matip on a free transfer is incredible. It was maybe one of the best pieces of business we did in the last few years.
‘When Joel played or Dejan played, they are really good players. We have no issue in that position. That doesn’t mean they are perfect and won’t make mistakes, but they won’t make them too often. Joel is in a really good moment, long, long may it continue.’