Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is set to be sidelined for several weeks with the calf injury he incurred in the Reds’ 4-1 win over Norwich last Friday and is likely to miss fixtures against other top-six Premier League sides.
The Mirror claimed that the Brazil international could be ruled out of Liverpool’s next six games, starting with the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea tomorrow night and also including 5 Premier League fixtures against Southampton, Arsenal, Burnley, Newcastle United and Chelsea again.
However, according to The Mirror, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has not put a quantifiable timeframe on Alisson’s injury layoff, saying: “I saw already like six weeks and stuff like this, but Ali was not a lot injured in his career so I would like to wait a little bit to see how he develops in that process now. But he is not in for the next few weeks.”
If Alisson misses the next five Premier League games, Liverpool will have to get by without a goalkeeper who conceded four goals in the corresponding fixtures last season (via Transfermarkt).
The Brazil ‘keeper was ever-present for the Reds in their 2018/19 league campaign, in which they beat Arsenal 5-1 and Newcastle 4-0 at Anfield, recorded away wins at Southampton and Burnley (both 3-1) and drew 1-1 away to Chelsea.
In Alisson’s absence, Adrian looks the most likely candidate to start in goals for Liverpool over the next few weeks.
The Spanish goalkeeper has played six times against the Saints in the Premier League, with two wins, nine goals conceded and one clean sheet. He was sent off at St Mary’s in 2015 for handball outside the penalty area under pressure from current Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane.
Adrian has shipped 14 goals in seven league games against Arsenal, including three-goal hauls on four occasions. He has also conceded two goals per game on average against Newcastle, 10 in five matches.
However, he has a relatively good record against Chelsea, who have scored against him just eight times in seven games, and has won all three of his matches against Burnley, keeping two clean sheets and conceding just twice.
Alisson let in just 22 goals in 38 league games last season, 0.58 per game, yet in Liverpool’s next five Premier League matches, he let in four goals in the corresponding 2018/19 fixtures (0.8 per game).
That is still far better than Adrian’s total of 43 goals conceded in 28 matches (1.54 per game) against the Reds’ next five league opponents, even accounting for the fact that the Spaniard had been playing with a different club (West Ham) for all of those.
Liverpool certainly cannot afford a continuation of Adrian’s concession rate against those opponents, especially with the likes of Arsenal a Chelsea to come.
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