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Van Dijk backs Adrian to soften Alisson blow for Liverpool

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Virgil van Dijk thinks new Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian will be up for the challenge of replacing injured number one Alisson Becker.

Liverpool suffered a nightmare scenario in Friday’s opening day 4-1 victory over Norwich City when Alisson injured his calf.  It came in the 36th-minute of the game, where the Brazilian slipped while preparing to take a goal-kick.

Adrian, who only arrived at Anfield on Monday on a free transfer from West Ham United, replaced Alisson. The Spaniard made two saves for his unexpected debut, but couldn’t stop Teemu Pukki’s second-half goal for Norwich.

Nevertheless, Adrian will probably make his full debut for Wednesday’s European Super Cup against Chelsea.

While Liverpool are still waiting for updates on Alisson, manager Jurgen Klopp has already conceded “it is not good”.

On the bright side, though, Van Dijk pointed out that the experienced Adrian is no stranger to Premier League football. The 32-year-old had, in fact, made 150 appearances for West Ham during his six seasons in London.

“I think he’s at that kind of age, that stage of his life and career that he can come in and slot into the team pretty easy,” said Van Dijk, according to the Independent.

“He’s been through so many things in the Premier League he can just slot in pretty easy.”

Although the Dutch centre-back concedes that the loss of Alisson is an unwelcome blow for Liverpool.

Following his €62.50m transfer from AS Roma in 2018, the 26-year-old recorded 21 clean sheets in 38 games to win the Premier League Golden Glove award last season. He also played a pivotal role in the club’s Champions League success.

“He’s very important for us, but I have no idea what the actual damage is,” admitted Van Dijk.

“We’ll see over the next days what the outcome is going to be. We have to deal with it and we’re going to deal with it.”

The Liverpool and Chelsea match will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET) on Wednesday.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 17: Alisson of Liverpool shakes hands with Virgil van Dijk.