Just when you thought it was safe to feel optimistic ahead of Liverpool’s match with Bournemouth, Alisson went and got himself injured. It was a moment in training earlier in the week when the Brazilian just tweaked something in his hip.
At his pre-Bournemouth press conference, Jürgen Klopp began with the bad news, with an “of course, the universe isn’t going to make winning the league any easier” snicker.
“Unfortunately, Ali is out,” said Klopp.
“He had, in training before the Chelsea game, a little incident. We all thought, “It’s nothing.” It was clear he would not play anyway. The plan was for him to be on the bench.
“From there we thought, “We don’t have to take any risks,” so we left him out of the squad.
“He had a scan the next and they found something so now he’s out. We’ll see, next week.”
When pressed on the nature of Ali’s injury Klopp seemed almost positive that it was only an inconvenience for the short term.
“Muscle. Slightly. In the hip region. Small muscle. You could all do your work still but for a professional goalkeeper it is slightly different.”
Adrián was already expected to play the FA Cup match at Chelsea so Alisson’s absence wasn’t noticed. And the Spaniard has performed well for the team before so there was no cause for alarm.
But now Klopp must prepare for some important games without the world’s best keeper. Bournemouth represent a great opportunity for Liverpool to continue their Premier League dominance after a string of tame performances. And the second leg with Atlético Madrid at Anfield next Wednesday is a must-win. Alisson is confirmed to miss both and beyond that is the Everton derby. Strap in.