Jurgen Klopp believes Alisson Becker could miss up to two weeks of football for Liverpool after being left out of the squad that faced Ajax in the Champions Leagu e
Alisson Becker will miss this weekend premier league fixture for Liverpool because an hamstring injury.
It means the goalkeeper could sit out the following three games as the injury-hit Reds attempt to navigate through a period that sees them play eight times this month.
In his place, Ireland Under-21 international Caoimhin Kelleher starts with usual stand-in Adrian only part of the substitutes’ bench at Anfield.
Klopp said: “So it is not covid, which is something that was mentioned and it is not the case.
“He told us after the Brighton game that around the 60th or 70th minute, he felt his hamstring. So this scan showed a little [injury] but enough [to keep him out] today.
“He will probably [miss] another week, we’ll have to see.
“We don’t know exactly, we have to wait and I’ve never heard about a hamstring that’s only 4/5 days.
“Ten to 14 days I think and we had to make a decision.
“Caoimh or Adrian? Caoimh, I have known for four or five years now. He is with the first team and improving and improving.
“He is a proper football-playing goalie and a good shot-stopper, which is the most important. My job is to make decisions and I have done that.”
It means Klopp’s side will play without as many as nine first-team players.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri are all absent while Naby Keita and James Milner continue to nurse injuries of their own.
Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk remain long-term absences after both undergoing knee surgery in recent weeks while Alisson’s issue could force him to sit on the sidelines for games with Wolves, Midtjylland and Fulham ahead of the meeting with Tottenham at Anfield on December 16.
Liverpool’s next game in the Premier League is on Sunday at home to Wolverhampton, which beat Arsenal away over the weekend.