Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Alisson Becker will be unavailable for ‘the next few weeks’ following a calf injury.
The Reds number one was forced off during the first half of their opening day victory over Norwich City, as he went down injured after taking a goal kick.
Liverpool were already 3-0 up when Adrian was called upon to replace Alisson, who managed to leave the field without a stretcher despite looking in a great deal of pain.
Fans of the reigning European Champions have been waiting on tenterhooks to find out the exact prognosis of the injury, with Klopp confirming that their number one will be sidelined for at least a couple of weeks.
“[It’s] Not too cool. It’s a calf injury which takes him obviously out for a while,” Klopp told the official Liverpool website.
“I don’t want to make now [an] exact prognosis on when he will be back but it will not be Wednesday for sure, so now then we have to see. It takes a while, it takes a couple weeks for sure, and we have to see.
“I saw already like ‘six weeks’ and stuff like this, but Ali was not a lot injured in his career so I would like to wait a little bit to see how he develops in that process now, but he is not in for the next few weeks.”
Liverpool will be forced to call upon summer signing Adrian during that time period, following his free transfer from West Ham United.
He managed to pull off a couple of impressive saves on his Reds debut after receiving and incredible reception from the Kop, but was unable to keep a clean sheet following Teemu Pukki’s smart finish in the second half.
While Liverpool have a ready made replacement for Alisson, Klopp also revealed his plans to bring in a third keeper for extra cover.
“Of course we have to find a solution in the short term and that will be, if nothing happens from now to then, Andy Lonergan,” the Reds boss added.
Liverpool’s success last season was built on a solid defensive foundation, as Alisson kept a Premier League high 21 clean sheets as they pushed Manchester City all the way.
With some big fixtures coming up, most recently against Chelsea in the Super Cup and Arsenal in the league, the Reds will be hoping Adrian can make a seamless transition as they aim to build on their impressive start to the season.