Keeper poser for Klopp with Alisson injury

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 14 Aug 2019

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been ruled out for some weeks with a calf injury.

That means he misses the Super Cup match against Chelsea in Istanbul tomorrow (HK time), where Spaniard Adrian is expected to deputize in his absence.

"Not too cool," manager Jurgen Klopp said of the injury, though "I don't want to make a prognosis. It takes a couple weeks for sure, and we have to see."

Adrian, who joined on a free transfer last week, is likely to keep his place after replacing Alisson, 26, against Norwich.

Third-choice goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is not fully fit after suffering a broken wrist, so the club are set to sign 35-year-old former Middlesbrough player Andy Lonergan on a free transfer.

Lonergan was part of Liverpool's pre-season tour as cover for their other goalkeepers.

Alisson's loss for an extended period would be a big blow to the club he joined from Roma last year.

But Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, speaking after the Norwich game, insisted former West Ham goalkeeper Adrian will prove a quality deputy for Alisson, saying: "His experience is the main thing. He's played a load of games, so he knows what it's about."

He went on: "Obviously when a keeper has to come off it's never too promising. So, yes, I think everyone needs to get their heads around the fact that Adrian probably will be our goalkeeper for the next few weeks. We have to live with that, embrace that and I'm sure he will learn from us.

"We will be able to make good connections with him, a lot of the lads have made bonds with him already."

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