Liverpool could be without inspirational goalkeeper Alisson Becker for a number of weeks after the Brazilian suffered a calf injury in Friday’s 4-1 thrashing of Norwich to kick-off the Premier League season in style.
The European champions are aiming to end a 30-year wait to win the Premier League after missing out by only one point to Manchester City last season and laid down an early marker in the title race by racing into a 4-0 lead before half-time.
Norwich captain Grant Hanley’s hapless own goal just seven minutes in set the tone for what could be a long season for the Canaries before Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi netted as Liverpool shot out of the blocks.
However, the Reds’ joy was curtailed when Alisson pulled up after kicking the ball clear from a routine goal kick and needed support to limp off the field.
“Nothing bad to say about the game apart from Ali’s injury,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who confirmed his number one will miss Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Chelsea in Istanbul.
“We have to see how serious it is and deal with it.”
Alisson kept 20 clean sheets in his first Premier League season and was also instrumental in Liverpool’s Champions League triumph.
Liverpool face Chelsea in Istanbul this week in the traditional early season clash between the previous campaign’s Champions League and Europa League winners.
“He will not be ready for Wednesday, I can say that already,” said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
“He felt his calf. He looked behind him because he thought something hit him.”
Klopp now faces having to rely on the former West Ham goalkeeper for at least a couple of weeks.
“Adrian is a good goalie. In possession he is calm and he is good at shot-stopping, that’s why we signed him. It’s good for him but we have a little problem with Ali,” Klopp added.
Spanish goalkeeper Adrian only joined Liverpool this week on a free transfer after Simon Mignolet departed to join Club Brugge.
But the former West Ham stopper could now have a huge role to play in the coming weeks to ensure Klopp’s men cede no early ground in the title race to City with tricky matches against Southampton and Arsenal to come.
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