Newcastle on the weekend will likely come too soon for him, but word out of Anfield is that Alisson Becker’s recovery is on track and proceeding well as the goalkeeper has progressed to undertaking goalkeeper drills out on the pitch over the international break.
“He has made steady progress, but it is difficult to say how long it will take,” goalkeeping coach John Achterberg told the club’s official website. “It needs time and we cannot look too far ahead, so we take each day as it comes, see how he feels, and then make progress from that.
“Ali has been working in the gym a lot to improve the strength and try to keep the fitness levels up. In the last few days he has been out on the pitch to do some catching and footwork, as well as small passing drills.”
Given the length of his layoff, even as a goalkeeper it won’t just be a case of slotting straight back into the starting lineup when Alisson is fit, but a move from the gym to pitch this week suggests a return is getting very close now for Liverpool’s Brazilian shot-stopper.
In the meantime, though, the club can count themselves fortunate to have someone as capable as Adrian as backup to Alisson, with the capable Spaniard helping to ensure there is no rush getting the club’s number one back into the action before he’s 100% ready for it.
“We couldn’t be any happier with how it’s gone,” Achterberg said of Adrian stepping up. “He is a really nice guy, he is always positive and good to talk to. He helps the other goalies by talking with them, so it’s going well. He fits in really well with the group, which is important.
“It is really difficult for anyone to replace Ali, especially when you’ve not had a chance to settle and pick everything up. He had to be straight in after maybe four or five sessions. Then we had two more sessions, played the Super Cup final, and then he got the injury, so there was not a lot of time to do extra training.
“Coming to Liverpool, there are high expectations, but he has dealt with them really well. He has stayed calm and relaxed and shown a positive, confident manner, which helps the team a lot.”