Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has revealed goalkeeper Alisson Becker is likely to return to first-team training on Sunday after seven weeks out with a calf injury.
The Brazilian shot-stopper picked the injury during Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Norwich City on August 9, pulling up after taking a goal kick in the 4-1 win.
Adrian has been standing in for Becker since arrival on a free transfer in pre-season helping the Reds have the joint-best defence in the top flight this term.
Initially, there was uncertainty as to how long Alisson was going to be out, with estimates ranging from a few weeks to a few months.
Although in Saturday’s trip to Sheffield United he won’t be able to feature, Klopp expects Alisson to be back in complete practice the next day as a return to action moves closer.
“Alisson looks like he is close, but the final word is with the medical department,” Klopp said in Friday’s pre-match news conference.
“He’s not in contention for tomorrow [to face Sheffield United]. Maybe he can train with the team from Sunday onwards. He’s really close.
“I’m not a doctor, I take the information [on Alisson] as I get it. Last two weeks he has progressed really, really well. They [the medical staff] have waited long enough until he is in proper training.”
Klopp also paid tribute to Adrian for his role as such a reliable deputy, having barely put a foot wrong since coming into the team.
“Adrian’s progress has made everything easier,” Klopp said. “He is doing a brilliant job and makes everything easier, 100 per cent.
“We can’t rush injuries, we try not to do it. We don’t like to task risks. We will see when Alisson is ready – Adrian is our goalkeeper for now.”
While Alisson will not feature on Saturday, Sadio Mane is in contention after a dead leg, with Klopp confirming he has been training “normally”.