Alisson has given a very positive view on his recovery from a calf injury which has so far kept him out of Liverpool’s last seven games, and likely four more.
FIFA’s Goalkeeper of the Year has played just 39 minutes this season after being forced off late in the first half of the Reds’ 4-1 win at home to Norwich.
Adrian has filled in capably in his absence, with the Spaniard settling into life on Merseyside well and establishing a connection with his back line.
The return of Alisson is, therefore, less urgent, but having kept 27 clean sheets in 51 games last season, conceding just 34 goals, the 26-year-old should go straight back into the side as No. 1.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Alisson indicated it may not be long until he is ready for his comeback, with his return date pencilled in for after the October international break.
“I’m on a good way, I think we are nearly there,” he revealed, positively.
“I can go outside to the pitch to do some goalkeeper work and I feel very well.
“I feel confident and I think now it’s just about getting all my power, all my confidence to come back and do what I love to do.
“[Being back outside is] massive because if I look back, two weeks ago I couldn’t even walk properly.
“Now I’m running, jumping on my right leg that was injured so I’m really happy for that.”
Alisson‘s enthusiasm is clear, though the club’s medical staff will ensure he is not rushed back into the fold, despite the ‘keeper he “can’t wait anymore.”
Fortunately, the form of Adrian allows Jurgen Klopp the luxury of not forcing the issue, and Liverpool’s first-choice stopper was full of praise for his stand-in and how he has given him “peace to recover in a proper way.”
“He’s a special guy who came late in the season, he just came and shows everyone his value, not just as a player but as a person and that is the more important thing,” Alisson continued.
“He is doing very well on the pitch. I have peace to recover in a proper way so it’s better for everyone.”
Given Adrian‘s attitude, there is little doubt he will slot back into the role of supportive backup when the No. 1 is deemed fit enough to take over as starter.
This harmony goalkeeper’s union is invaluable, and this stems to Caoimhin Kelleher too, who Alisson describes as “becoming a man,” with this trio a significant step up from those seen in recent years.