Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker will not face Atletico Madrid when they visit Anfield on Wednesday after Jurgen Klopp ruled him out of the Champions League clash.
The Merseysiders trail 1-0 heading into the second leg of their last-16 encounter. Alisson suffered a muscle injury prior to Tuesday’s 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round defeat at Chelsea, and Klopp told reporters on Friday that he’ll miss Saturday’s Premier League clash against Bournemouth:
“He had a little incident in training before the Chelsea game. We all thought it was nothing and it was clear he would not play anyway, the plan was he was on the bench.
“There, we thought, ‘Come on, we don’t have to take any risks’ so left him out of the squad. [There was a] scan the next day and they found something. So now he is out. We will see next week for sure and then we will see.”
James Pearce of The Athletic added confirmation that their upcoming Champions League test would also be out of reach:
The German coach specified the injury was of the muscular variety and “slight, in the hip region.”
Second-choice goalkeeper Adrian is now set to step into the starting role for the upcoming fixtures, and his gaffe for Willian’s opener at Chelsea now looks all the more ominous:
Saul Niguez’s sole strike was enough to separate Atletico and Liverpool in February when they met at the Wanda Metropolitano, the scene of Liverpool’s 2019 Champions League final triumph over Tottenham Hotspur.
Liverpool have lost three of their last four games ahead of Bournemouth’s visit in Week 29, with the Premier League leaders having gone 14 matches unbeaten prior to that (including 13 wins).
The Reds are no longer invincible in the top flight after losing 3-0 at Watford, but victory over the Cherries could still see Liverpool establish a new Premier League record of 21 consecutive home wins.
Klopp appeared to suggest Alisson could be back in contention for the Merseyside derby at Everton on March 16.