Wednesday 23 October 2019

Alisson Becker to make long-awaited return to Liverpool training

Alisson Becker sustained a calf injury in Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Norwich on August 9 (Martin Rickett/PA)..
Alisson Becker sustained a calf injury in Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Norwich on August 9 (Martin Rickett/PA)..

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Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker is expected to make his long-awaited return to first-team training this weekend.

The Brazil international has been sidelined with a calf injury since the opening match of the season on August 9.

It will come too late for him to be considered for Saturday's lunchtime kick-off at Sheffield United but he is set to rejoin the group 24 hours later as preparations start for the Champions League tie at home to Red Bull Salzburg.

"Alisson looks like he is close, but the final word is with the medical department," said manager Jurgen 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."

There was more good news on the injury front, with Sadio Mane fully recovered from a dead leg sustained in last weekend's win at Chelsea and fellow forward Divock Origi back after missing three matches with an ankle problem.

"Sadio Mane and Divock Origi both trained yesterday and have no issues," added Klopp.

However, Xherdan Shaqiri, who injured a calf in training on Monday, is not ready to return.

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