Alisson set for training on Sunday – Klopp confirms

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“Adrian’s progress has made everything easier,” Klopp said. “He is doing a brilliant job and makes everything easier, 100 per cent.

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“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”.

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