Alisson is close to making his long-awaited comeback from injury – but he will NOT be ready to play in Liverpool’s clash with Sheffield United on Saturday.
The Brazil goalkeeper has been sidelined since suffering a knock during the Reds’ opening day defeat of Norwich, with Adrian deputising superbly in his stead.
Initial reports suggested Alisson would be out of action until after the second international break of the season, which ends on October 15 with Liverpool facing Manchester United five days later.
However, Jurgen Klopp has provided a promising update which suggests the glovesman could be back before expected – though not as early as this weekend.
“Alisson looks like he is close, but the final word is with the medical department,” said Klopp. “He’s not in contention for tomorrow.
“Maybe he can train with the team from Sunday on. Really close.
“I’m not a doctor, I take their information. Alisson’s injury was serious but in the last two weeks he progressed really, really well.
“Credit to the medical department. They have waited long enough to start him training.”
LIVE on talkSPORT
Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week
- Stoke vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2
- Sheffield United vs Liverpool (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT
- QPR vs West Bromwich Albion (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2
- Chelsea vs Brighton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2
- Everton vs Manchester City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT
Klopp also had high praise for central defender Joel Matip, claiming his arrival at Liverpool on a free transfer three years ago is one of the best pieces of business the Reds have done during his tenure.
“With the challenges you have, you grow,” Klopp added. “He was always an incredible talent. He played at 18 for Schalke and he was an outstanding player early in his life.
“Consistency issues at certain points but he has grown, developed.
“In a world of big fees, Joel on a free transfer is one of the best pieces business we did. He is in a really good moment and that is really cool.”
Klopp also discussed Adrian’s performances in goal, Sheffield United’s tactics, and Liverpool’s youngsters during his press conference. You can read the best bits, below…
- Sheffield United vs Liverpool is LIVE on talkSPORT, kick-off 12:30pm! Click here for full GameDay commentary
On back-up goalkeeper Adrian
“Adrian’s progress has made everything easier. He is doing a brilliant job and makes everything easier 100%. We can’t rush injuries, we try not to do it. We don’t like to task risks. We will see when Ali ready and Adrian is our goalie for now.”
On Liverpool winning 15 successive Premier League games
“We don’t think about it. Only moment I think about it is in press conferences. We don’t mention it, it is just the next game. Thank God we lost time to time so we still know how it feels that is important.
On facing Sheffield United
“We are considered as a top team we don’t want to behave like one. The only advantage they have is their stadium, it is not allowed they fight more, run more. We go there for the first time and I am really looking forward to it.
“When the other team has the ball everyone is involved in defending. That is the plan and it’s normal. Hopefully we have the ball a lot and we have to do something with it.
“These second ball fights are so important. It is about being ready and aggressive and we have to show this. It’s a complex job but it is not the first time against a team like. Sheffield United are settled and they are quite impressive. It’s their stadium.”
On Liverpool’s youngsters
“I think they are ready for more. We need to find the right moment. It was a really nice. For Harvey [Elliott], he was the most obvious. We are not in doubt about these boys and we know what we want to do with them. The best thing is they have all the time.
“They have to be patient. When you let them off the leash they are ready for some really nice football games. We prepare them not for one Premier League game but a Premier League career. A few steps to go, no problem with that. Really nice signs on Wednesday, for sure.”
On James Milner’s future
“Unbelievably important to us. He is Mr Professional, that is how it is. Serious in what he does but a funny guy. Against MK Dons, five kids and you have six seniors. No chance [of complacency] while Milner is there. He is a role model for the team.
“He looks like he has a few more years in him, but contract talks, we don’t talk about here. Not even about Milner.”
Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you three LIVE Premier League commentaries, including Sheffield United vs Liverpool this weekend!