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Adrian gets unexpected Liverpool debut as Alisson subbed off v Norwich

By Chris Smith

Published: 22:42, 9 August 2019

Alisson Becker was substituted during the first half of Liverpool’s win over Norwich City in their Friday night Premier League opener. 

The Brazil international played in every single Premier League game for Jurgen Klopp’s men last season, keeping 21 clean sheets to win the Golden Glove.

Alisson’s injury: Five key things to know…

  • Alisson played all 38 of Liverpool’s Premier League games last season.
  • But he came off injured after just 36 minutes of their opening game on Friday.
  • The Brazil international went down holding his calf while taking a goal-kick.
  • He was replaced by new signing, Adrian.
  • After the game, Klopp said the injury appears to be a serious one.

However, the start of his 2019/20 campaign lasted just 36 minutes as the 26-year-old went down in pain after taking a goal-kick.

Alisson appeared to be holding his calf and was helped from the field by Liverpool’s physio team to a rousing round of applause from the Anfield crowd.

As a result, Klopp was forced to introduce back-up goalkeeper Adrian, signed from West Ham United on a free transfer this summer after Simon Mignolet departed for Club Brugge.

After the game, Klopp said Alisson “thought something hit him in the calf”, suggesting the injury may be quite serious and that the club will be making a diagnostic soon.

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“He thought something hit him in the calf, so that is never a good sign,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “He thought that, but that’s not what happened, that’s how it felt. So it’s not a good sign.

“That means it’s probably a bit more than a strain, we will have to make a diagnostic, we don’t know exactly but it doesn’t look too good.”

Liverpool were unfazed however, taking a 4-0 lead into the half-time break and running out 4-1 winners in the end.

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