Following Alisson Becker’s stoppage-time hamstring strain suffered against Manchester City on Saturday, Liverpool fans had been nervously waiting for updates on the star shot stopper’s status moving forward.
At his pre-match press conference ahead of LASK on Thursday in the Europa League, manager Jürgen Klopp provided that update, and the news isn’t great—but it is at least better than the worst case fears.
“With Ali it is a bit less [than we feared] but we will have to see,” Klopp noted. “But it’s not day by day. He will not play tomorrow, not on Sunday, and probably not the week after. But after that it should be kind of okay.”
Klopp added that while it wasn’t a serious hamstring injury requiring a long layoff and recovery, it was “bad enough,” but two-weeks out could see him back in action against Man United on December 17th.
Sunday’s game is against Fulham, while the week after the Reds take on Palace after a rare mid-week league tie vs. Sheffield. The three league matches are followed by their final Europa League group stage tie.
In addition to Alisson’s injury, Diogo Jota also picked up a knock against City, and while Klopp wouldn’t set a timeline for his return he did say that the Portuguese forward’s injury is more severe than Alisson’s.
“Diogo could take a little bit longer,” Klopp added when he was asked about Liverpool’s most effective goal poacher. “We don’t know exactly how long, but it’s a little bit more severe. We will have to see.”