Jurgen Klopp laments “shadow” of Alisson injury in Premier League opener

9 August 2019

Jurgen Klopp described Alisson‘s calf injury as “a shadow”, after the Brazilian was forced off in the first half of Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Norwich.


Alisson slipped while taking a goal-kick late in the opening 45 minutes as the Reds kicked off the Premier League campaign at Anfield.

His exit prompted an unexpected early debut for Adrian, who only joined the club on a free transfer four days prior, and the 32-year-old enjoyed a quiet evening despite conceding to Teemu Pukki.

Though Adrian is certainly a comfortable stand-in, there are obvious concerns over Alisson‘s fitness given his importance to the side.

Speaking at to Sky Sports after the game, Klopp cast a frustrated view on his No. 1’s injury hopes.

“The Ali situation is a shadow on the game,” he explained.

“He thought something hit him on the calf, that’s never a good sign. Sportsmen know what I mean when I say that!

“That means it’s probably more than a strain. We have to see, make a diagnosis in the morning, but it doesn’t look good.

Adrian, we brought him in for situations like that. He’s experienced, he’s calm, really good in possession.

“We have a little problem: No. 3. Caoimhin Kelleher is coming back but not 100 percent fit yet. So we have to think again.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Friday, August 9, 2019: Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker goes off injured during the opening FA Premier League match of the season between Liverpool FC and Norwich City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp ruled Alisson out of the UEFA Super Cup clash with Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday night, with Adrian now in line to make his first start.

It remains to be seen how long the No. 1 will spend on the sidelines, but the outlook is not wholly positive.

“It’s the calf and that’s it. He couldn’t carry on, that’s not a good sign. We have to see,” Klopp added in his post-match press conference.

“Wednesday, he will not play—with all my experience, I can say that already.”

And as he noted, there will now be a concern over his substitute goalkeeper.

With Kelleher working his way back along with Vitezslav Jaros, it is likely that one or more of Dan Atherton, Shamal George and Ben Winterbottom will make the trip to Turkey.

He revealed, however, that 16-year-old Jakub Ojrzynski is “not even allowed to play,” ruling out one potential deputy.

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