Wednesday 18 September 2019

Alisson ruled out but Lonergan deal hits Kelleher Reds chances

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson leaves the pitch after picking up an injury. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson leaves the pitch after picking up an injury. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has given a positive diagnosis on the injury to goalkeeper Alisson Becker, suggesting the Brazilian will be sidelined for "the next few weeks".

Alisson suffered a calf injury during Friday's win over Norwich and will definitely miss the Super Cup final against Chelsea tomorrow, as well as Premier League fixtures against Southampton on Saturday and Arsenal a week later.

Klopp is still refusing to put a timeline on Alisson's return but does not anticipate a lengthy absence. That will come as some relief, given Liverpool's 'keeper shortage, with former West Ham back-up Adrian set to deputise.

The Spaniard is in pole position to keep his place for the Super Cup clash with Europa League winners Chelsea in Istanbul, with Irish youngster Caoimhin Kelleher theoretically next in line following Simon Mignolet's departure for Club Brugge.

However, the 20-year-old is working his way back to full match fitness after recovering from a wrist fracture, with veteran Andy Lonergan now set to leapfrog him in the pecking order.

The 35-year-old is free to join the Liverpool squad when they head to Istanbul today as he is eligible to play having been part of the club on a short-term basis in the summer.

It is anticipated Lonergan will sign a formal deal, with Liverpool ready to offer a one-year contract to the former Middlesbrough 'keeper. He will back up Adrian, until Alisson's return.

"Not too cool. It's a calf injury which takes him obviously out for a while," Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com of Alisson. "I don't want to make now [an] exact prognosis on when he will be back but it will not be tomorrow for sure. It takes a couple weeks for sure." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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