Liverpool duo Alisson and new signing Thiago Alcantara are facing a race against time to be fit for Monday’s Premier League home clash against Arsenal.
Both players were impressive in last weekend’s win at Chelsea, as Alcantara Thiago emerged from the bench and dictated the tempo with his passing while Alisson saved a late penalty from Jorginho to wrap up the victory.
With Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip among those likely to miss out, Jurgen Klopp already had a minor selection crisis on his hands.
And according to The Times Alisson and Alcantara have added to his worries.
Both players are said to be nursing minor fitness issues, and have sat out training over the past few days.
Klopp is waiting to see if they are able to take part in Sunday’s session, and dependent on the advice from his medical staff, he will make a decision at the last minute on whether they are fit to be involved.
Neither player featured in the 7-2 win over Lincoln during the week, but that was to be expected given how low the EFL Cup ranks in Klopp’s list of priorities.
Should he miss out, Alisson will be replaced by Adrian, who has proven a steady back-up option since his arrival from West Ham.
Given that he is still adjusting to life at Anfield, Alcantara may not have started anyway, but with Fabinho likely to be called upon at centre-back once more, his absence would leave Liverpool short of midfield options.
Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are both unavailable, while it’s unclear if James Milner is fit after missing Thursday’s fixture with a minor injury. Gini Wijnaldum, Naby Keita and Curtis Jones are all available, as is squad option Marko Grujic.
Xherdan Shaqiri impressed in midfield against Lincoln, so he may come into consideration as a last resort.Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com. How I make $10,000 monthly in Online SALES? apply the *Social Media Marketing Strategy* and watch your account balance swell. Buy eBook NOW!!!