Jurgen Klopp has suggested that Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker is now a doubt for tomorrow’s game against Crystal Palace.
In quotes relayed by The Athletic, Klopp said that Alisson sat out the latest session after he ‘felt something’ during the warm up.
“Ali was not 100 per cent earlier,” said the Liverpool boss. “He felt something while warming up so again we will have to see.” Klopp also confirmed that Diogo Jota injured himself too, suffering a reoccurrence of the hamstring injury that he suffered whilst on international duty in June.
“Diogo, unlucky eh? He had an injury from the end of last season, he trained fully yesterday but got injured again,” he said. “That’s really not cool. Now we have to wait for the results. He had an assessment this morning so we will have to see. It’s in the same area.
Two blows for Liverpool, then. But Klopp did at least claim that aside from the injured pair, the rest of the squad is fine.
“I think pretty much all the others are fine. It’s the period of the year when we have to be really careful,” said the manager.
Fingers-crossed for nothing serious
This is news that we could really do without three-and-a-half weeks from the season opener. Liverpool can cope without Jota, they have the numbers for that. But Alisson out for any length of time would be a body blow.
After an injury hit couple of seasons, the 29-year-old was virtually ever-present again last season. It’s no coincidence that it was his best season at the club since joining for £67m in 2018.
The drop-off to Caoimhin Kelleher may not be as big as it once was, but it’s still pretty steep. Alisson is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world.
In addition, Kelleher is also currently injured. With Marcelo Pitaluga out on-loan, where he’s excelling coincidentally, Adrian would be the current back-up.
The 35-year-old has his qualities, but that would leave a few supporters with some justified worries.
Hopefully it’s just a precaution, then. There should still be enough time for Alisson to recover from anything minor. Anything more substantial, and Liverpool will be sweating.
For Jota, it looks like he’ll surely now miss the start of the season. After a disappointing end to the previous year, he’ll be frustrated at not being able to put that right immediately.
His time will come again, though. In the meantime, he can sit back, recover, and get that new contract signed.