Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has already ruled out Alisson Becker for Wednesday’s European Super Cup final and admits his calf injury is bad news.
The Reds got their Premier League campaign on Friday off to a resounding start by thrashing Norwich City 4-1. However, the victory came at a big price as Alisson sustained an unfortunate first-half injury at Anfield.
The Brazilian goalkeeper, who was one of Liverpool’s star performers last season, slipped on his left leg while preparing to take a goal-kick in the 36th-minute. It forced him to leave the pitch injured to the shock of the home crowd.
Klopp then brought on Adrian, who joined the European champions earlier this week on a free transfer, to replace Alisson for a surprise debut.
The former West Ham keeper went on to have a relatively low-key first outing for Liverpool. He was, though, powerless to do anything about Teemu Pukki’s 64th-minute consolation goal for Norwich.
But it seems Adrian will get another game in the Liverpool goal for the European Super Cup final against Europa League winners Chelsea, with Klopp ruling out number one Alisson.
“It’s a calf injury,” the German told Sky Sports.
“He felt as if something hit him from the back. He won’t be ready for Wednesday, I can say that already.
“It is not good but we will find a solution and move on.
Later on, in a press conference, Klopp added: “It’s not good for us. We have to see how serious it is.
“It’s a calf, that’s it. He couldn’t carry on, that’s not a good sign. From all of my experience, he will not play (in the Super Cup final against Chelsea). He is injured, I cannot say how much until the scan, but he is injured.”
Therefore, Alisson is also a major doubt for Liverpool’s trip to Southampton next Saturday for their second Premier League match of this season.
Following Norwich captain Grant Hanley’s early own goal, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi all scored for Klopp’s side.