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Klopp confirms Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson will be sidelined for “a couple of weeks”

By Ben Green

Published: 10:57, 13 August 2019

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson will be sidelined for “a couple of weeks” after sustaining an injury in the opening Premier League match of the season.

The Brazilian shot-stopper was forced off through injury in the Reds’ 4-1 win over Norwich City on Friday, with Adrian taking his place just before half time.

Alisson’s injury: Five things to know…

  • Alisson started in goal for Liverpool’s opening PL victory over Norwich.
  • The Brazilian was forced off in the 39th minute after his leg buckled while preparing for a goal kick.
  • Summer signing Adrian came on in his place and is set to play the next few matches, including Wednesday’s Super Cup final.
  • Klopp has confirmed his No.1 stopper has suffered a calf injury.
  • As such, Alisson will be sidelined for the “next few weeks”.

As the 26-year-old lined up to take a goal kick, his leg buckled, forcing him to hobble off in the first half, with what has since been diagnosed as a calf strain.

“[It’s] Not too cool. It’s a calf injury which takes him obviously out for a while,” Klopp told the club’s official website.

“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.”

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Lonergan to sign

Following Alisson’s injury, Klopp also confirmed the club will likely sign free agent Andy Lonergan, who has been training with Liverpool during pre-season, to provide cover for Adrian.

“Of course we have to find a solution in the short term and that will be, if nothing happens from now to then, Andy Lonergan,” Klopp said.

“He was in with us, he’s a brilliant character, a really nice lad and helped us a lot in the pre-season and now we decided to work together with him.

“So that’s a very experienced solution but in the moment when Caoimhin Kelleher is back then obviously Adrian is No.1, Caoimhin probably No.2 but we have to see how then he can have some games with the Under-23s or Under-21s [so] that he gets match practice as well.

“We have to see how that works but that’s then how we cover that situation.”