Liverpool: Van Dijk backs Adrián while Alisson is out

Ross Houston
August 13, 2019

Liverpool will be without Alisson for the "next few weeks" but Jurgen Klopp is hopeful the Brazil goalkeeper will be a quick healer.

Jürgen Klopp expects Andy Lonergan to join #LFC on a short-term basis following the calf injury sustained by Alisson Becker.

The Reds are awaiting the results of a scan after their first-choice keeper injured his calf muscle in Friday's season-opening victory over Norwich City.

Lonergan, who is due to turn 36 years old in October, started his career at Preston North End and has since had spells with Darlington, Blackpool, Wycombe Wanderers, Swindon Town, Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers, Fulham, Wolves, Middlesbrough and Rochdale.

As a free agent, the experienced custodian can sign for Liverpool outside the transfer window system and will be their second free agent arrival in goal, following the signing of ex-West Ham man Adrian.

Initially, Jurgen Klopp did not reveal a timeframe for Alisson's return, but Liverpool quickly moving to sign a one-year deal for veteran goalkeeper Andy Lonergan in the aftermath isn't a good sign.

The Spaniard is in pole position to keep his place for the Super Cup clash with Premier League rivals and Europa League winners Chelsea in Istanbul, with Irish youngster Caoimhin Kelleher next in line following Simon Mignolet's departure for Club Brugge.

After being replaced by Adrian between the posts at Anfield, speculation subsequently ran rampant regarding the severity of Alisson's problem, as well as how long he would be sidelined for.

"The reception he got [on Friday], I think he feels as though the supporters are already behind him".

"Not too cool. It's a calf injury which takes him obviously out for a while", Klopp told Liverpool's 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".

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