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Jurgen Klopp remains coy on Alisson return for Leicester game

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Jurgen Klopp is remaining coy on the possibility of welcoming back Alisson Becker into the line-up for Liverpool’s clash with Leicester City.

Alisson, who has been sidelined with a calf injury since coming off in Liverpool’s opening day win over Norwich City on August 9, returned to full training for Klopp on Thursday at the club’s Melwood base.

Former West Ham goalkeeper Adrian has covered for the injured Brazilian in goal. So far, he’s managed to keep two clean sheets to help Liverpool boast the Premier League’s best defensive record of just five goals conceded alongside Leicester.

So, Klopp has a tricky decision to make in sticking with the reliable Adrian or taking a chance on Alisson for Saturday.

“With Alisson, it is still ‘maybe, maybe not’,” said Klopp during Friday’s pre-match conference.

“Yesterday [Thursday] he trained with the team for the first time.

“He looked really good, but we will see. We have to talk to different people before I make a decision about that.”

Asked if training works differently for goalkeepers, the Liverpool boss replied: “It’s different, yes, but the good thing is that Adrian did well, so we don’t feel pressure.

“We don’t have to rush it. Alisson has been training for 10 days, now he is in team training.

“I have to talk [with the medical staff]. I have had a lot of meetings because Mike Gordon [president of Liverpool’s ownership group, Fenway Sports Group] is in town, I haven’t had a chance to think about the goalkeeper situation.

“But I will do that after the press conference and I will make the call.”

Although Klopp did confirm that Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri are both unavailable for Liverpool this weekend.

The Reds’ encounter with Leicester takes place at Anfield and begins at 16:00 (CET).

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool.