Liverpool have been hit with some bad news so early in the season as first choice keeper Alisson has been ruled out for what has been described “the next few weeks” after picking up a calf injury during their season opening win over Norwich City.
The Brazilian international was helped off minutes before the half time break, allowing new summer recruit Adrian an earlier than expected debut as they cruised to a 4-1 victory.
Speaking after the game Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp described it as;
“not to cool” before confirming “It's a calf injury which takes Alisson out for a while. I don't want to make now an exact prognosis on when he will be back – 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.”
Allisson will be a major loss to the reds as he was a key figure in his debut season for the Reds after joining them from Roma 12 months ago he went to help his side claim the Champions League title and push Liverpool into second in the Premier League in what was the closest title race in a long time.
As a replacement Liverpool have since gone on to sign veteran keeper Andy Lonergan who is available on a free after leaving Middlesbrough during he off season.
The 35 year old had already been training with the club as cover for Simon Mignolet during pre season as Allisson was having time off following his international commitments which saw him help Brazil lift the Copa America cup at the end of the season and third choice keeper Caoimhin Kelleher was still recovering from a broken wrist.
As Klopp confirmed;
“The situation was even more difficult a few weeks ago because of injuries, but Kelleher is now in his final steps for being completely back, but 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.
“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.”
Lonergan could see himself thrown into the deep end as he is now expected to be named on the bench for Wednesdays Uefa Super Cup match against Chelsea in Istanbul.
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