This article is part of Football FanCast’s Injury News series, which considers the impact of the latest updates on players’ fitness
Alisson Becker is making “steady progress” in his injury recovery but there is still no fixed date for a possible return, per the club’s official website.
The Brazilian has played only 39 minutes in the Premier League so far this campaign after pulling up with a calf injury against Norwich in the opening game of the season.
It was first believed that the injury was likely to keep him out for up to six weeks, and given that the aforementioned time span is nearing its expiry, some fans may wonder why he is not closer to a return.
Alisson returned to training at Melwood last week but physio John Achterberg refuses to place a time frame on a possible comeback date, preferring to take each day as it comes.
He said: “He has made steady progress, but it is difficult to say how long it will take or how it will progress. It needs time and we cannot look too far ahead, so we take each day as it comes, see how he feels, and then make progress from that.”
However, the Liverpool No.1 has been partaking in catching, footwork and passing drills over the summer break, and it may be a case of rebuilding his fitness ahead of a possible return, which may not be too far away.
Alisson Becker at Melwood today 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/GijKk4PW3k
— Al1sson Becker (@Al1sson_Becker) September 5, 2019
Fortunately for the Reds, the Brazil international has not been missed as much as first feared, as Adrian has filled in and performed well in each of his appearances, conceding only three goals, although he did gift one to Southampton in his first Premier League appearance for the club.
The form of the Spaniard will come as a welcome relief to Jurgen Klopp, who now knows he has a reliable back-up in the event that Alisson is unavailable again.
Despite Adrian playing well, a player of Alisson’s quality returning to the first-team is likely to be a big lift for the defence, both in their confidence and morale, with him keeping 21 clean sheets in the league last term – the most in the top-flight.
It is also positive to see the Reds take their duty of care with the player seriously, and that means he should be as fresh as a daisy when he is back between the sticks.