Klopp offers important update ahead of Community Shield

Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp has shared an update on goalkeeper Alisson Becker’s situation ahead of the big game against Manchester City.

Alisson has not featured in any of Liverpool’s pre-season games since the 4-0 defeat by Manchester United in Bangkok earlier this month. The Brazilian glove man could feature in the Reds’ upcoming Community Shield game against Man City as he is the “closest” to a full recovery among the other injured players, according to Klopp.

City and Liverpool once again had a close rivalry in the Premier League title race last season. Pep Guardiola’s side won the title by just one point. The two sides will continue the fight, beginning with the Community Shield match at King Power Stadium on Saturday (July 30). Klopp is yet to lift the trophy, having lost twice in the past.

“Obviously Diogo [Jota] is not there, that’s clear, but of the guys who are injured but here, Ali is the closest – definitely not for Salzburg, but then we’ll see. I think he’s close to coming back,” Klopp told Liverpool media ahead of the Reds’ pre-season game against RB Salzburg on Wednesday.

While Jota suffered a hamstring injury sustained while on duty for Portugal earlier in the summer, Alisson was struggling with an abdominal problem.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker (left) dedicated his winning goal against West Brom to his late father

Photo: POOL / Rui Vieira

Liverpool’s second-choice goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is also out injured and has yet to take part in any pre-season action. He did not travel to Austria with Liverpool’s tour group for the Salzburg game and was left behind at the AXA training center, according to Sports Illustrated.

Third-choice goalkeeper Adrian and Harvey Davies replaced Alisson and Kelleher in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in Singapore and last Thursday’s thrilling 5-0 win over RB Leipzig in Germany.

Klopp also revealed his conversation with Liverpool’s team doctor about the team’s current injury woes. “We have our big opening game of the season three days later. So of course we have to make changes. I’d like to say we can all use them, but for now I just had a quick chat with Doc Sarah and she told me, ‘He feels a little bit, he feels a little bit, he’s got a back [issue]’ and stuff like that,” added Klopp.

After the Community Shield game, Liverpool prepare for the opening game of the 2022-23 Premier League. The Reds will start their new campaign on the road when they take on Fulham at Craven Cottage on August 6.

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