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Liverpool: Alisson making progress in recovery from injury but no return date set

Liverpool: Alisson making progress in recovery from injury but no return date set

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has made some progress in his recovery from a calf injury sustained earlier this month, although manager Jurgen Klopp has refused to specify a return date for the player.

The Liverpool Echo reported that the Reds are likely to be without the Brazil international until after the September international break and claimed that it could be October until he returns, but he is no longer on crutches.

Klopp told the Liverpool Echo: “He looks in good shape, good mood, but it will take time. I don’t know exactly. No date in my mind, we will give him the time he needs.

“At the beginning he was on crutches, which is normal for his injury, and they are not there now. He walks normal, he can train completely normal compared to a week ago and I think from now it will go quick. How quick, I don’t know.”

Alisson has not played for Liverpool since injuring his calf in the Reds’ 4-1 win over Norwich on the opening day of the Premier League season.

He was ever-present for the Reds in the league last season and conceded only 22 goals (0.58 per game) while keeping 21 clean sheets (55.3% of appearances). He made 76 saves in total in his first Premier League campaign, an average of two per game.

In all competitions in 2018/19, he conceded 34 goals in 51 games in 2018/19 (0.67 per game) and kept 27 clean sheets (52.9% of appearances).

Adrian came on in his place against Norwich and has featured in all of Liverpool’s matches since, although he has yet to keep a clean sheet.

The Spaniard has let in five goals in his four appearances for the Reds (1.25 per game), including one against Southampton where he kicked the ball straight to Danny Ings for the simplest of finishes.

He is one of just six players to have made an error leading to a goal in the league this season and the only goalkeeper to have done so, according to the Premier League’s official website.

However, he has already made seven saves in his three Premier League appearances for the Reds (2.33 per game), a higher average than Alisson last season.

Even with Liverpool winning all their Premier League games and lifting the UEFA Super Cup with Adrian deputising in goal, the Reds are statistically less likely to ship goals with Alisson in the team, although the Spaniard has a higher save-per-game ratio.

Klopp’s update on Alisson suggests that the Brazil goalkeeper is making progress on his injury, but his refusal to specify a return date indicates that the Reds will need to keep relying on Adrian for the foreseeable future.

So far the Spaniard does not seem to be making the most of his chance in Alisson’s absence and the concession of six goals in Liverpool’s first five competitive games this season when it took eight matches to let in that many at the start of 2018/19 is a cause for concern.

Liverpool fans, what do you make of Klopp’s update on Alisson’s fitness? How do you think Adrian has performed in his absence? Comment below with your views!

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