Liverpool injury crisis deepens as Klopp confirms ‘serious’ Forest blow | Football | Sport


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Reds goalkeeper Alisson has suffered a “rather serious” injury with no timeframe placed on his comeback. The German coach is expecting the stopper to return before the end of the Premier League season, however, as Liverpool fight on three fronts after winning the Carabao Cup.

Caoimhin Kelleher has deputised ably in the number one’s absence and can expect an extended run in the team after Klopp gave a new update on Alisson’s injury. The 31-year-old had been sidelined for two weeks with a muscle injury and will miss his fifth consecutive game when Liverpool travel to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

But before the trip to the City Ground, Klopp confirmed that Alisson’s injury “is not a short one” and prompted fears that he would return well after this month’s international break. “There is no real timescale on it, but it is a proper muscle injury,” Klopp said. “Different players recover differently. That is it pretty much. It is not a short one.

“It is not that he will be in contention for next week or something like that. We have to wait a few more weeks, definitely, for him. He is working in the gym, not on the pitch, it is a rather serious one but not a season-ending injury.”

The blow comes in the middle of an injury crisis for Liverpool, with Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Curtis Jones, Ryan Gravenberch, Thiago, Joel Matip and Stefan Bajcetic all confirmed absentees for the trip to Nottingham.

Darwin Nunez, Andy Robertson, Wataru Endo and Dominik Szoboszlai remain doubts but could feature against Forest, though Klopp will hope that he can keep his star names wrapped in cotton wool for the upcoming blockbuster clash with Manchester City.

Alisson is one key figure who will miss the top-of-the-table match, but Klopp has no reservations about continuing to start Kelleher after Adrian was added to Liverpool’s Europa League squad.

There was transfer speculation over Kelleher in both January and the previous summer, but “it was never a discussion” for Klopp who has backed his stand-in stopper ahead of a vital run of games in the Premier League title race.

“The gap between the first and second goalkeeper cannot be a big amount,” Klopp added. “There must be quality in that position because the football demands are just too big to now play the goalkeeper for four years in a row in all the competitions.

“I didn’t get into (Kelleher’s future). For me it was never a discussion, we spoke about it but for me there was no chance of him leaving so I was not interested in who was asking.

“It would have had to be a proper price to give us a chance of doing something in a difficult market. It is not like other goalkeepers moving from A to B for £15million or £20m that is totally unrealistic and nonsense in how I understood it.”

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