Alisson Becker has been a transformative signing for Liverpool since his arrival from Roma in 2018-19, but the Brazilian shot-stopper could be facing a spell on the sidelines due to injury.
The 31-year-old has started in all 13 of Liverpool’s Premier League games so far this season, but he went down holding his leg in stoppage time during Liverpool’s recent clash with Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp is hopeful that the injury isn’t too serious, but the club will be forced to nervously wait to find out the results of a scan on his leg.
“The shadow on this game is obviously that Ali felt something and Diogo felt something – something we have to assess and then we will see,” Klopp told reporters.
“I hope it’s not that serious, but I don’t have the answer – no clue in the moment what it is. I spoke to him and he said he only felt [it] a little bit, but we have to wait for the scan.”
Widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world right now, Liverpool won’t find it easy to replace him. While Caoimhin Kelleher has been an excellent stand-in for the cup competitions, he has only made five Premier League appearances.
Klopp will be eager to learn the extent of Alisson’s injury and the German boss might be left with little choice but to throw Kelleher in. The Reds do have a hectic fixture list on the horizon and losing Alisson at this stage could be brutal to their title aspirations.
In December alone, Liverpool have eight fixtures, including clashes against the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham. The festive period can be make or break in a title charge and Liverpool won’t want to lose Alisson at this stage.
Since the Brazilian signed for Liverpool in 2018, he has only missed a total of 17 Premier League matches. On average, he plays 34.6 games per season and he only tends to miss games when he is ruled out through injury.
Across all competitions, the 31-year-old has made 245 appearances for Liverpool, with 186 of those games coming in the Premier League. He has won seven trophies during his stay at Anfield and will be keen to add some more to his collection.
We’ve taken a closer look at Liverpool’s Premier League record since 2018-19 and have seen how it compares with and without Alisson in the starting XI.
Premier League record with Alisson starting
Goals against: 155
Goals against per game: 0.83
Clean sheets: 82
Points per game: 2.22
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Premier League record without Alisson starting
Goals against: 24
Goals against per game: 1.41
Clean sheets: 5
Points per game: 2.29