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Liverpool could offer goalkeeper a senior contract after Alisson injury

By James Richards

Published: 18:30, 10 August 2019

Liverpool are considering a short-term deal for goalkeeper Andy Lonergan following Alisson’s injury in their Premier League opener.

The Brazilian was forced to leave the game after collapsing to the turf following a routine goal kick just before half-time in Liverpool’s 4-1 win against Norwich.

Can Liverpool cope without Alisson? Five key things to know…

  • A 39-minute calf injury saw Alisson substituted vs. Norwich
  • A scan was held on Saturday morning.
  • The Reds reportedly hope it will be a matter of weeks rather than months until Alisson returns.
  • Liverpool are considering signing a new stopper to cover the injured Brazilian.
  • Last season, Alisson kept 21 clean sheets to win the Premier League Golden Glove award.

Liverpool got their 2019-20 campaign off to the perfect start at Anfield beating newly promoted Norwich 4-1.

Despite jumping into a 4-0 first-half lead, the Reds had to contend with an injury to their star goalkeeper Alisson six minutes before the break.

With the health of Alisson still unclear, Liverpool are considering offering ex-Preston goalkeeper Andy Lonergan a short-term deal according to reports.

The 35-year-old featured for the Red in pre-season and might offer a solution to Liverpool as a back-up to Adrian, who replaced Alisson on Friday night.

The Preston-born stopper played 11 years at his home town club, making a total of 207 league appearances for the Lillywhites. He has also played for Leeds, Bolton and Wolves in an 11-club career to date.

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‘He thought something hit him’

After taking a routine goal kick the Alisson collapsed to the floor and had to be substituted. After the game Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, admitted it did not look good for the 26-year-old.

“He thought something hit him, so that’s not a good sign. He thought that but that’s not what happened, sportsmen will know what I mean.

“It obviously shows it’s more than just a strain. We don’t know exactly but it doesn’t look too good.”

It has been reported that a muscle tear feels as though you have been hit in the leg and this is clearly something Alisson experienced when injuring himself against the Canaries.