Liverpool goalkeeping coach gives Alisson injury update


Alisson Becker during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Liverpool FC at American Express Community Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom.
Alisson Becker during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Liverpool FC at American Express Community Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. Image: Getty Images

Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg has provided an update on the recovery of goalkeeper Alisson Becker from injury.

Alisson, 26, injured himself during Liverpool’s opening game of the Premier League season against Norwich last month.

At that time, Liverpool were keeping mum on the calf injury which the goalkeeper had sustained during the first-half of the game.

With the Brazilian on the treatment table, the Reds turned to new signing Adrian who has impressed with his performances so far this season.

Apart from helping Liverpool win the UEFA Super Cup on penalties, the former West Ham shot-stopper has made some crucial saves in the 3 Premier League games he has played for the Merseyside club so far this season.

Achterberg gives Alisson injury update

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Alisson Becker of Liverpool leaves the pitch following an injury during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Norwich City at Anfield on August 09, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Alisson Becker of Liverpool leaves the pitch following an injury during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Norwich City at Anfield on August 09, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Speaking on the extent of the injury suffered by the Brazilian, Liverpool goalkeeping coach claimed that the 26-yea-old is making steady progress, but warned that the club won’t risk rushing him back midway through the recovey.

Achterberg told Liverpoolfc.com: “”Ali has been working with Dave [Rydings] in the gym a lot to improve the strength and try to keep the fitness levels up.

“In the last few days he has been out on the pitch to do some catching and footwork, as well as small passing drills.

“He has made steady progress, but it is difficult to say how long it will take or how it will progress.

“It needs time and we cannot look too far ahead, so we take each day as it comes, see how he feels, and then make progress from that.”

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - AUGUST 14: Adrian of Liverpool kisses the UEFA Super Cup trophy following victory in the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Vodafone Park on August 14, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Snapped up for free in the recently concluded summer transfer window, the 32-year-old Adrian has proved his doubters wrong by putting in a string of decent performances for the Reds. 

While he was signed to be a replacement of the outgoing Simon Mignolet, Adrian was handed a shock debut after Alisson suffered a freak calf injury during Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Norwich.

Barely 10 days after making his debut for the Reds, the Spaniard made himself a club hero. He denied Tammy Abraham from the spot during the penalty shootout of the UEFA Super Cup to hand Liverpool the title.

However, while he became a part of the Liverpool folklore that day, Adrian made a crucial mistake only five days later which almost cost Liverpool 2-points in their Premier League fixture against Southampton.

Nevertheless, the Spaniard put in a couple of assured performances in the next 2 games against Arsenal and Burnely, and is continued to be in Liverpool goal when the European Champions host Newcastle United this weekend.

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