Alisson sustained the injury against Norwich on Friday

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed goalkeeper Alisson will be sidelined for the “next few weeks” with a calf injury.

The Brazil international was subbed off in the 39th minute of Liverpool’s 4-1 win against Norwich in their Premier League opener on Friday, after his leg buckled while preparing to take a goal-kick.

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Jurgen Klopp has now only one senior goalkeeper at his disposal in Adrian, who came on as first-half substitute against Norwich

“[It’s] Not too cool. It’s a calf injury which takes him obviously out for a while,” Klopp told the club’s website.”I
don’t want to make now [an] exact prognosis on when he will be back but
it will not be Wednesday for sure, so now then we have to see. It takes
a while, it takes a couple of weeks for sure, and we have to see.

“I
saw already like ‘six weeks’ and stuff like this, but he was not a lot
injured in his career so I would like to wait a little bit to see how he
develops in that process now, but he is not in for the next few weeks.”

Alisson
was replaced by Adrian, who joined the club as a free agent after
leaving West Ham and will take up the starting spot in the Brazilian’s
absence.

Lonergan set for Liverpool

Klopp has now confirmed the club
will sign free agent Andy Lonergan on a short-term basis to provide
back-up to Adrian, with the 35-year-old former Middlesbrough player
“likely” to be on the bench for their UEFA Super Cup tie against Chelsea
in Istanbul on Wednesday.

“Of course we have to find a solution
in the short term and that will be, if nothing happens from now to then,
Andy Lonergan,” Klopp said.

“He was in with us, he’s a brilliant character, a really nice lad and
helped us a lot in the pre-season and now we decided to work together
with him.

“So that’s a very experienced solution but in the moment
when Caoimhin Kelleher is back then obviously Adrian is No 1, Caoimhin
probably No 2 but we have to see how then he can have some games with
the U23s or U21s [so] that he gets match practice as well.

“We have to see how that works but that’s then how we cover that situation.”

Merson: Alisson a big miss for Liverpool

Speaking on The Debate, Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson thinks Alisson’s ability with the ball at his feet will be a big miss for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

“He’s a proper goalkeeper,” Merson said. “He starts a lot of things off for Liverpool because he’s so comfortable on the ball.

“He’ll
be a big miss. They haven’t put a time frame on how long he’s going to
be missing, but they need him back as quickly as possible.

“He was a massive part of them doing well last season.

“We
talk about all the other players but as the goalkeeper, he’s so
comfortable on the ball that they just give it back to him. They drill
it back to him and he’s comfortable.

“Even though Adrian is a top
shot stopper, you’ve got to be comfortable on the ball and I don’t know
if he has got that in his locker.”

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