Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Alisson will miss a ‘few weeks’ of action with a calf injury, and Southampton must capitalise on this rare opportunity to hurt the Reds this weekend.
Twitter: Jürgen Klopp has confirmed @Alissonbecker will be sidelined for ‘the next few weeks’ due to the calf injury he sustained on Friday. (@LFC)
Saints welcome the Merseyside outfit to St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and they will be hoping to pull off an unlikely upset.
The European champions are an incredibly strong outfit, but they will be forced to play new signing Adrian between the sticks, with first-choice goalkeeper Alisson ruled out after sustaining an injury against Norwich City on Friday night.
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Adrian is a solid enough shot-stopper at Premier League level, but he is not a patch on the Brazil international. This is a huge, huge blow for the Reds, and while they will be thankful that Alisson is not ruled out for longer, they will miss him.
The £67.5 million man is crucial to how Liverpool build from the back, owing to his outstanding distribution. He is among the best ‘keepers in the world, and it remains to be seen how Klopp’s men will respond without the security that he provides behind the back four.
Southampton may not get too many chances against Liverpool, but in light of the news that Alisson will not be fit, the likes of Che Adams and Danny Ings should fancy their chances of hitting the target.
Saints have little to lose in this match, and we have to put the Reds under the cosh as Adrian makes his full debut.