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Injured Alisson to miss Super Cup final

London, Aug 10 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 8/10/2019 12:19:44 PM IST

Alisson Becker was forced off in Liverpool’s opening Premier League game of the season with a calf injury and will now miss Wednesday’s European Super Cup final.

The European champions were 3-0 up against Norwich when Alisson went down after his left leg buckled as he prepared to take a 36th-minute goal kick.
“It’s a calf injury,” Klopp said.
“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,” added the German.
The player himself thanked fans for their messages on social media and vowed to come back stronger. Liverpool visit Southampton for their next Premier League game on Saturday August 17.
Speaking during his post-match 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.”
Whether Klopp is able to select a goalkeeper on the bench for the Super Cup remains to be seen with the Liverpool boss admitting his options are extremely short with the other goalkeeper in the senior squad, Caoimhin Kelleher, recovering from a broken hand.
“Caoimhin is back in training but he’s not 100 per cent, we have to see how he reacts now,” he said. “One of the younger ones is not allowed to play, he’s only 16, and the other one had an elbow injury early in the pre-season. So yeah, we’re a bit short in that position.”
However, Klopp expressed confidence in Adrian’s ability to step in for Alisson.
“He is a very confident guy,” he said. “He came in and I don’t think he wanted to only sit on the bench for the next couple of years. He made himself ready.”
“So yes, it’s a situation, but if you are in a situation like this you want to have somebody who played the league, who is experienced. He’s 32, he’s a calm guy, good with his feet. So a lot of good things.”
“But you still don’t want to have a situation where [only] one goalie is fit. That’s how it is but we have to see.”
 
 
 

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