It looks like Alisson will be back between Liverpool’s sticks in the very near future.
The Brazilian told fans he is ‘nearly there,’ after returning to the Melwood training pitch last week.
He’s so far only played the opening 20 minutes of our Premier League fixture with Norwich this season, after he injured his calf during a goal-kick.
Adrian has filled in well during his absence, but Alisson was named the best goalkeeper on the planet on Monday evening during the FIFA Best Awards and his return will give the defence, and in fact the entire side, a real boost.
“I’m on a good way, I think we are nearly there,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I can go outside to the pitch to do some goalkeeper work and I feel very well. I feel confident and I think now it’s just about getting all my power, all my confidence to come back and do what I love to do.
“It’s massive because if I look back, two weeks ago I couldn’t even walk properly. Now I’m running, jumping on my right leg that was injured so I’m really happy for that.
“It’s great. When you are a player you want to have the contact with the ball, with the guys on the pitch, the routine of training. It’s what I love to do.
“The games, the atmosphere at Anfield, the away games, all games when I watch on the TV, I just think how I want to play, I want to be there, I want to help my teammates. I’m looking forward [to being back], I can’t wait anymore!”
It’ll be tough on Adrian having to step down to the bench, but if we achieve greatness this season, his part will be incredibly fondly remembered!
The Spaniard made a crucial save against Tammy Abraham on Saturday as Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge and his improvement cannot be underestimated.
There’s only really been one blunder: against Southampton, late on – but we ended up winning the game anyway.
Alisson will boost our buildup though, as his distribution is practically unrivalled. While Adrian is good with his feet, he’s not the midfielder his team-mate is!