Klopp delivers Alisson injury update ahead of Chelsea clash

Liverpool’s Alisson set to be out for ‘next few weeks’, confirms Klopp

Liverpool’s Alisson set to be out for ‘next few weeks’, confirms Klopp

Liverpool's success last season was built on a solid defensive foundation, as Alisson kept a Premier League high 21 clean sheets as they pushed Manchester City all the way.

A 4-1 victory over the Canaries at Anfield saw Liverpool temporarily take hold of top-spot in the English top-flight table. But it's the start of what's going to be a busy campaign for us.

A team with better quality attacking players would have punished a Liverpool defence that doesn't seem to have found the right balance in recent weeks, with the concern over the goalkeeper now the most pressing issue for Klopp.

Whilst taking a goal-kick shortly before the interval, the Brazilian slipped, injuring his calf in the process.

Alisson, 26, was replaced by experienced Spaniard Adrian against Norwich.

Following Alisson's injury, Klopp also confirmed the club will likely sign free agent Andy Lonergan, who has been training with Liverpool during pre-season, to provide cover for Adrian.

The 35-year-old 'keeper was a part of Liverpool's pre-season tour of America as manager Jurgen Klopp had very few 'keepers to call upon. He last played for Middlesbrough and is now a free agent.

He remains available and could join up with Klopp's side immediately.

Lonergan, most-recently of Rochdale (on loan from Middlesbrough), trained with Liverpool throughout the summer, amid a goalkeeping crisis.

'He's training only [for] five days or so, catching balls and all that stuff.

"Of course we have to find a solution in the short term and that will be, if nothing happens from now to then, Andy Lonergan", the Reds boss added.

'He was in with us. "It's a calf injury which takes him obviously out for a while", Klopp told the club's official website.

"I don't want to make now [an] exact prognosis on when he will be back, but it will not be [the Super Cup against Chelsea on] Wednesday, for sure, so now then we have to see".

"He was in with us, he's a brilliant character, a really nice lad and helped us a lot in the pre-season and now we made a decision to work together with him". We have seen how good he can be.

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