Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker is expected to be out until after the September international break, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The newspaper claimed on their website that the Reds’ stopper is likely to return in September or October, with Adrian expected to continue in between the sticks.
The £90,000-a-week keeper [Source: Spotrac] has been out of action through injury since the opening day of the season when the Brazilian limped off midway through the first half in the 4-1 win against Norwich City.
Jurgen Klopp did confirm to the official Liverpool website after that game that the 26-year-old is expected to be out for weeks rather than months.
Klopp will certainly be counting down the days until his marquee keeper returns to action for the Reds.
The Brazilian’s replacement, Adrian, has been solid enough in terms of shot-stopping but has definitely struggled with the ball at his feet and the pressure to recycle possession.
The 32-year-old has only averaged 23 passes per game, with a poor success rate of 76.8% according to WhoScored – with the Spaniard already making a major mistake against Southampton which almost cost them the game.
That is not saying that Alisson didn’t make mistakes, but the former Roma man is much more reliable and single-handedly kept his side in many games during his first campaign at Anfield.
The international break is coming around at a good time for Liverpool, who will use the week or two to assess their injured players, and give them every chance to prove their fitness, with their fingers crossed over the likes of Alisson.