You don’t want to hear this because you don’t want to get your hopes up. I understand. I didn’t want to hear it either. But it’s out now. There’s a chance that Alisson could feature for Liverpool against Leicester City on Saturday. Deal with it.
At his pre-Leicester press conference Jürgen Klopp revealed that Alisson had already begun training tests with the first-team and passed with flying colors.
Klopp had previously suggested that Alisson was a “maybe” to get onto the pitch before the international break. On Friday afternoon the manager still wasn’t prepared to commit the Brazilian goalkeeper to anything.
“With Alisson it’s still ‘maybe, maybe not’,” said Klopp, delighting in that vague yet exciting delivery of news.
“Yesterday he trained with the team. But if you know goalie sessions they are often more intense than the ‘proper’ football sessions.
“He looked really good but we will have to see. I have to talk to different people before I make a decision about that.”
It wouldn’t be a bad idea getting Alisson resequenced with his team ahead of the trip to Manchester United after the break. The Brazilian has missed nearly all the action this season. Of course, there’s always the worry of a repeat injury caused by rushing back into competition but both Klopp’s words and body language at the presser suggested Alisson was in good shape.
Adrián has done an exceptional job in Alisson’s absence. The Spaniard can be proud of his efforts for the team and will have 100% support if he should remain in goal at Anfield against Leicester.
But Alisson. It’s possible. And because I love to come crashing down, my hopes are officially up.