Alisson posts injury update & alternative to Robbo revealed – Thursday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

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We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Thursday, as several Reds players prepare for international action.

Today’s Main Headlines

Alisson’s Instagram Training Video

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 4, 2019: Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the FA Community Shield match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alisson continues to work his way back to full fitness, having picked up a calf injury in the Premier League opener at home to Norwich last month.

The Brazilian has shared an Instagram video of himself training hard, accompanied by the caption: “Starting the morning in a good way!!”

Alisson is seen jogging in between cones on a soft mat, although it doesn’t exactly look like someone closing in on their return.

Liverpool have been worryingly coy about the 26-year-old’s comeback and it may be that Adrian continues to deputise for a while yet.


Reds’ Alternative to Robertson

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, September 26, 2018: Chelsea's Emerson Palmieri dos Santos celebrates scoring the equalising goal during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Imagine life without Andy Robertson in a Liverpool shirt – a horrifying thought, isn’t it?

Well, it turns out the Scot may never have joined the Reds back in 2017 had it not been for an injury to Emerson Palmieri.

According to The Athletic‘s Liam Twomey, Jurgen Klopp saw the then-Roma left-back as an “alternative summer target” to Robertson, before he suffered cruciate ligament damage on the final day of the season.

Emerson is playing well for Chelsea at the moment, but there’s no denying that they ended up signing the right man in Robertson.

The 25-year-old has exceeded all expectations, becoming one of the Premier League‘s more influential players.


U23s’ Premier League Cup Opponents Revealed

DERBY, ENGLAND - Friday, March 8, 2019: Liverpool's manager Neil Critchley before the FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Derby County FC Under-23's and Liverpool FC Under-23's at the Derby County FC Training Centre. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s under-23s will be looking to earn Premier League Cup glory in 2019/20, improving on their group stage exit last season.

Their opponents in the first stage of the competition have been confirmed, with Sunderland, Wigan Athletic and either Huddersfield Town or Oxford United pitted against them.

A meeting between the latter pair on September 9 will determine who progresses into the Reds’ group.

Neil Critchley‘s side will take on each of their opponents home and away, with the top two in the group making it into the last-16.

Dates, kick-off times and venues are yet to be confirmed.


LFC Women’s Madrid Experience

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Sunday, April 29, 2018: Liverpool's Niamh Charles during the FA Women's Super League 1 match between Liverpool FC Ladies and Everton FC Ladies at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool FC Women teammates Amy Rodgers and Niamh Charles travelled to the Champions League final as Liverpool supporters back in June.

Speaking about the experience to the Guardian, Rodgers admits it was “unbelievable”, as the two Reds players hid in plain sight among the many thousands of fans in Madrid:

“The experience was unbelievable. Just being in Madrid before the game, the amount of fans there, Liverpool shirts everywhere.

“And you run into random people through the day who you knew. The atmosphere. I was so lucky to get a ticket. It makes you want to get to games that people want to watch and to want to win things as well.

“I wore my Rodgers shirt, me and Niamh Charles were there: ‘Rodgers’ and ‘Charles’ across our backs and Avon across the front.

“People kept asking: ‘Where did you get that shirt?’ I don’t think we told them because we didn’t want to draw attention to ourselves.”


Upgrades on the way for your favourite Reds

And finally, off the pitch and onto the console: fans of playing the FIFA series on Xbox or PlayStation will be delighted to hear several Reds look in line for big upgrades.

Noted leaker @Packsi_F95 displayed cards they claim are set for FIFA 20, though confirmation will have to wait a few days until the official release.

Gini Wijnaldum and Trent Alexander-Arnold in particular look set for big bumps to their overall ratings.

To mark the end of the 30-year wait for a league title, the ‘Liverpool Mishmash’ poster is available to order exclusively on This Is Anfield — the history of the Reds in one image!

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