Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been ruled out of the Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park next Monday according to manager Jurgen Klopp.
Alisson, 27, missed Saturday’s Premier League win at home to Bournemouth after injuring his hip during training last week, and may not be available again until after the international break.
The FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year was not included in the squad for the Brazil national team’s upcoming World Cup qualifying games v Bolivia and Peru in the wake of his hip injury.
However, there was positive news regarding Liverpool’s injury updates after it was confirmed that both Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson are both available for Liverpool’s Champions League do-or-die clash with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.
Henderson, 29, has been absent since picking up a hamstring injury during Liverpool’s reverse fixture at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium during the closing stages of the 1-0 defeat at Atletico in the round of 16 first leg three weeks ago.
The Liverpool skipper resumed full training on Sunday and also trained on Monday with the England international now in line for a recall as the Reds aim to continue the defence of their European crown.
“Hendo is ready,” said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. “Whether we do that, I don’t know – maybe I know but I don’t say!
“Ali will not be ready, that’s for sure. And he won’t be ready for Monday.”
What RTK has to say
Alisson’s injury is a huge blow for Liverpool – especially given the recent circumstances that can unfold on next Monday at Goodison Park.
Following Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat to rivals Manchester United at the weekend, Liverpool only require two victories to mathematically secure their first league title since 1990.
However, if City do not acquire at least four points from their upcoming fixtures against Arsenal and Burnley then Liverpool can win their first-ever Premier League at the home of their greatest foes across Stanley Park.
If Liverpool are to end 30 years of pain across Merseyside and Alisson was absent from the clash it would be a cruel blow to the man who has established himself as the best goalkeeper in world football in the last 18 months following his £68.7m move from AS Roma in 2018.