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Alisson Closes In On Liverpool Return

Alisson Closes In On Liverpool Return

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker says he’s “nearly there” as he continues to recover from a calf injury. Alisson has been out of action since coming off in the 39th minute of the 4-1 win over Norwich at Anfield on August 9 on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

The 26-year-old Brazil international, who was named men’s goalkeeper of the year at the Best FIFA Football Awards on Monday, has moved from sessions in the gym to training outside and he is now close to making a full recovery.

He told Liverpool’s website: “I’m on a good way, I think we are nearly there. I can go outside to the pitch to do some goalkeeper work and I feel very well. I feel confident and I think now it’s just about getting all my power, all my confidence to come back and do what I love to do.”

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He added: “It’s massive (being fit enough to work outdoors again) because if I look back, two weeks ago I couldn’t even walk properly. Now I’m running, jumping on my right leg that was injured so I’m really happy for that.”

Adrian, who only joined Liverpool four days before the Norwich game, replaced Alisson in that match and has subsequently helped them win the Super Cup – making a save in the penalty shoot-out that sealed the triumph – and claim victory in each of their six Premier League games so far.

Adrian has generally impressed but has only kept one clean sheet – in the 3-0 win at Burnley on August 31 – and Alisson is expected to resume first-team duties in Jurgen Klopp’s side when he is fully fit again.
Klopp hinted earlier this month that the former Roma man could be available after the next international break and that timescale still seems to be in place.

Liverpool host Leicester City on October 5 before the week’s break and then return to action against old rivals Manchester United on October 20 and Alisson will hope to be ready to return for the trip to Old Trafford at the latest.

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