Sunday, 11 August 2019

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker facing up to eight weeks on the sidelines

Alisson Becker could be absent for up to eight weeks after tearing his calf in Liverpool’s opening weekend victory over Norwich City.

The Brazil international, who is such a huge influence on Jurgen Klopp’s side, crumpled to the floor in the 37th minute of Friday night’s game as he attempted to take a goal kick.

Alisson, last season’s Golden Gloves winner, was assessed at Melwood to determine the extent of the damage with Liverpool anxious to find out whether there was any damage to his Achilles and he will continue to be assessed. If he had ruptured that tendon, his season would have been immediately over.

His lay-off, as things stand, will run towards the end of next month and that is a considerable headache for Klopp.

Aside from missing Wednesday’s European Super Cup final against Chelsea in Istanbul, Liverpool will be without their number one for key Premier League fixtures such as the home dates with Arsenal and Newcastle plus tricky away trips to Southampton and Burnley.

He is also expected to be out of the opening round of Champions League fixtures, which are scheduled for the week beginning September 16.

Liverpool signed Adrian, the former West Ham keeper, to come as Alisson’s deputy last week following the £6million sale of Simon Mignolet to Club Bruges but they will also consider handing a short-term contract to Andy Lonergan.

A former Preston and Middlesbrough keeper, Lonergan went away to the United States with Liverpool on their pre-season tour to cover for Alisson when he was on holiday after the Copa America.

Liverpool have had issues with their goalkeepers all summer as rookie keeper Caoimhim Keheller had been sidelined with a broken wrist while Academy prospect Vitoslav Jaros had damaged his elbow ligaments. Keheller has returned to training but is still not full flit.

If Lonergan does sign a short-term contract, Liverpool would have to seek permission from the Premier League board to add him to their 25-man squad.


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