Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been ruled out of the Reds’ Premier League clash with AFC Bournemouth on Saturday as well as the Champions League last-16 second-leg bout against Atletico Madrid next week – and many supporters have gone into meltdown on Twitter.
The Brazilian shot-stopper picked up a slight muscle injury to his hip before the FA Cup match against Chelsea and underwent a scan before being ruled out. Alisson is now in a race against time to be fit for Liverpool’s Merseyside derby clash against Everton on Monday, March 16.
Alisson has become an irreplaceable figure between the sticks for his club side since his then-world-record fee of £66.8m [BBC Sport] following his move from AS Roma in 2018. The FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year for 2019 has clocked up 79 appearances for the reigning European champions and has registered an impressive 41 clean sheets.
The 27-year-old has become more than just a goalkeeper for Liverpool in his 18 months on Merseyside but has become one of the leading standard-bearers for the rest of the players to aspire to.
Alisson has previously missed eight of Liverpool’s 28 Premier League fixtures this season following a calf injury sustained during the opening match of the season against Norwich City in August. In the 20 league matches Alisson has featured, the Brazil No.1 has registered 10 assists.
The former Roma star has saved 100% of shots he’s faced from outside the box. Overall, Alisson has saved 84.21% of the shots he’s faced which is a ridiculous stat in itself.
It was also confirmed that Alisson has been left out of the Brazil squad for upcoming World Cup qualifying games against Bolivia and Peru in the wake of his hip injury which could suggest the setback is worse than first expected.
Following the news, many Liverpool supporters have taken to Twitter to showcase their disappointment regarding the injury to the Ballon d’Or nominee.
Here is a selection of tweets from Kopites venting their frustration regarding the setback…
Champions League is gone now pic.twitter.com/dHIoOLhHiI
— . (@The_Gerrard_Era) March 6, 2020
Alisson will be for 2-3 weeks. Not ideal. I will say that. #LFC
— Timmy Robson (@WaveyTimz277) March 6, 2020
Alisson out means bye bye CL #LFC
— Dhruv Arora (@astrometal) March 6, 2020
Alisson injured. End me.
— Marwan (@VOR_LFC) March 6, 2020
— Ella ✨ (@Ella_99x) March 6, 2020
Alisson out with an injury is a big blow
— LFC92 (@LFC92) March 6, 2020
I'm happy with only the league tbh, doubt we'll get past Athletico without Alisson
— WTW (@LFC_wtw) March 6, 2020