‘He thought something hit him… it is probably more than a strain’: Jurgen Klopp fears for Alisson after goalkeeper forced off with calf injury in Norwich win
- Liverpool No 1 Alisson suffered a serious-looking calf injury against Norwich
- Alisson was forced off towards the end of the first half after picking up the injury
- Jurgen Klopp admitted the early indicators are not promising for Alisson
- Klopp said: ‘He thought something hit his calf… it’s probably more than a strain’
- Alisson is due to have a scan on Saturday to clarify the extent of his injury
The Brazilian sustained the injury to his kicking leg as he cleared the ball upfield towards the end of the first half of Friday night’s match.
Alisson immediately signalled to the Liverpool bench that the issue was serious and clutched his right calf as he laid on the floor in severe pain.
Alisson was forced off with an injury in Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Norwich
The Brazilian was helped off the pitch by the physio after appearing to injure his calf
A stretcher came on for the Liverpool keeper, but Alisson managed to hobble off the pitch with the help of the physio after being consoled by some of his team-mates.
Manager Jurgen Klopp admitted the early indications do not look promising for Alisson after the 4-1 victory.
‘He thought something had hit his calf and that is not a good sign,’ Klopp told Sky Sports.
‘It’s not that that happened but that’s how it felt so it’s probably more than a strain. It doesn’t look good but we will have to wait and see.’
The extent of the 26-year-old’s injury will become clearer when he has a scan on the problem on Saturday.
The injury to Alisson meant Klopp had to call Adrian on for an unlikely debut.
The experienced Spaniard joined Liverpool earlier this week to fill in as No 2 following Simon Mignolet’s move to Club Brugge and would not have expected to have been involved this early into the season.
If Liverpool’s 4-1 victory wasn’t marred by Alisson’s injury, their defensive display certainly would have raised concerns for Klopp.
The Liverpool No 1 was consoled by Roberto Firmino as the left the field in the first half
Jurgen Klopp had to call Adrian on for his unlikely Liverpool debut after Alisson’s injury
Norwich were able to open up Liverpool’s defence on a number of occasions and had they been more clinical it could have been a more competitive scoreline.
Liverpool took the lead early on when Grant Hanley inadvertently scuffed Divock Origi’s cross into the back of his net.
Mohamed Salah doubled their advantage minutes later before Virgil Van Dijk and Origi put the hosts four up at the break.
Teemu Pukki produced a smart finish in the second half to reduce the deficit but Liverpool ran out comfortable winners in the end to kick-start their campaign with three points.
Jurgen Klopp admitted that Alisson has probably suffered more than a strain to his calf