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Alisson injury: Brazil manager reveals Liverpool goalkeeper will miss Manchester City clash


Alisson is sidelined for Liverpool with a hamstring injury (AMA/Getty)

Alisson is set to miss Liverpool’s crucial Premier League title clash against Manchester City next month.

The Brazil international missed Liverpool’s wins against Burnley and Brentford due to a hamstring injury and during his press conference on Tuesday, Klopp was unable to put a timeframe on his goalkeeper’s recovery.

However, in an interview with TNT Sports Brazil which aired on Tuesday evening, Brazil’s new head coach, Dorival Junior, confirmed that Alisson would be unavailable for his nation’s friendlies against England and Spain during the international break in March.

‘In terms of possible call-ups, all the names mentioned are important players and have some prominence in their teams. They would indeed be on a pre-list,’ Dorival Junior said.

‘In particular, some players who had slightly more serious injuries, such as Alisson, Matheus Cunha, Joao Pedro and even Neymar, are totally removed from any possibility at this moment.

‘Not that we were already defined by the name of one or the other. In this extensive list we have, some of these would no longer allow us to be called up at this moment.’

Caoimhin Kelleher will deputise for Liverpool in Alisson’s absence (Getty)

Providing that he does not return before the international break, that means Alisson will miss at least six more fixtures for Liverpool.

As well as the Premier League match against Luton on Wednesday evening and the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea on Sunday, Alisson will also miss the FA Cup fifth-round tie against Southampton, plus Premier League fixtures against Nottingham Forest, Manchester City and Everton.



THE GAMES ALISSON IS SET TO MISS FOR LIVERPOOL

Luton Town (H) – Premier League – February 21

Chelsea (N) – Carabao Cup – February 25

Southampton (H) – FA Cup – February 28

Nottingham Forest (A) – Premier League – March 2

Manchester City (H) – Premier League – March 10

Everton (A) – Premier League – March 17

Speaking on Tuesday, Klopp said of Liverpool’s injury situation: ‘Not great, definitely not. I would like to sit here and say we have absolutely no issues but obviously we have some.

‘So, not available is obviously Ali, that’s a muscle injury where we don’t know exactly how long it takes but definitely not for foreseeable time coming back.

‘Then we have Diogo [Jota] with a knee issue, is ruled out. Curtis [Jones], with a bone ligament issue, ruled out.

‘And then we have the others where we will deal with it day by day with muscle things. We will see for tomorrow. You see the line-up early enough and then you can see who made it and who didn’t make it. That’s it pretty much.

‘All the little bit longer-term like Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and Dom [Szoboszlai], they are on their way back but not in team training yet, so that means they are not available as well. That’s the situation, let me say it like that.

‘What I said after the game, as long as we have 11 players, we will go for it, and that’s exactly the idea. It takes with the boys day by day and with the games definitely game by game.’

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