‘Very positive’: Jurgen Klopp reveals Liverpool ace is close to return

Sam Brookes October 16, 2020
‘Very positive’: Jurgen Klopp reveals Liverpool ace is close to return
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While hosting his pre-match press conference ahead of the Merseyside derby tomorrow (17 October), Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed first-choice goalkeeper Alisson is nearing a return to action, as reported by the Liverpool Echo

The Brazilian shot-stopper suffered a shoulder injury earlier this month, forcing him out of the side’s trip to Aston Villa.

In his absence, the team produced a dismal display, suffering a shock 7-2 defeat. Alisson’s replacement, Adrian, was at fault for the first goal, misplacing a pass inside his own penalty area in the first minutes of the match.

Given his error and the fear Alisson could be out for more than a month, Liverpool were linked with a move for Stoke City’s Jack Butland. However, any potential deal appears to be off, with Adrian set to retain his place for the much-anticipated derby.

Alisson progressing well

Klopp didn’t set a date for Alisson’s return but it seems the 28-year-old isn’t far away from coming back into the fold.

“Very, very positive with Alisson. It looks really good. I don’t have a time-frame,” Klopp said.

Liverpool fans will be delighted to hear their first-choice goalkeeper’s fitness is improving. Having arrived in 2018, Alisson has played a crucial role in the team winning the Champions League and Premier League in consecutive campaigns.

He received the Premier League Golden Glove in 2019 and was part of a defence that conceded just 33 league goals last season to help Liverpool to their first championship title in 30 years.

Injury woes

Alisson has had a number of fitness woes while at Liverpool. This is his third injury lay-off in little more than a year. Adrian filled in admirably when called on yet made some high-profile mistakes. The most notable blunder came against Atletico Madrid as Liverpool crashed out of the Champions League.

Liverpool will hope to have Alisson back soon ahead of a busy schedule. Klopp’s men start their bid for European glory next week before travelling to rivals Manchester City in early November.

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Sam Brookes is an aspiring sports journalist with a background in football analysis. He has written for a number of online publications in recent years, and specialises in English and Italian football.