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Jurgen Klopp Expects Short-Term Liverpool Arrival To Be On Bench In Istanbul

Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum touch the famous sign before heading onto the pitch
Cary Erickson | 13 August, 2019, 13:01

Liverpool have a crisis between the sticks after Alisson suffered a calf injury in Friday's win against Norwich.

The 26-year-old Brazilian damaged a calf during the first half of Friday night's 4-1 Premier League victory over Norwich and while the club has put no timescale on his recovery, Klopp is expecting to have to do without the Champions League victor for some time.

"[It's] not too cool", he said.

"I think the main thing in our minds is that we still see ourselves as underdogs, we still see ourselves as a hungry team that hasn't achieved what we want to achieve yet".

'We have to see how that works but that's then how we cover that situation'.

32-year-old Adrian was a free agent following his departure from West Ham United where he spent six years after signing from La Liga club Real Betis.

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Spaniard Adrian will deputise in Alisson's absence, and Klopp is hopeful his team can build on their win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final in Madrid.

Initially, Jurgen Klopp did not reveal a timeframe for Alisson's return, but Liverpool quickly moving to sign a one-year deal for veteran goalkeeper Andy Lonergan in the aftermath isn't a good sign.

Klopp went on to admit the injury to Alisson was a blow to his side's hopes, in a month when they will face crucial Premier League game against Southampton, Arsenal and Burnley, as well as the game against Chelsea in Turkey this week. I didn't speak to (goalkeeping coach) John Achterberg yet about that. If Alisson is set to miss 6-8 weeks of football, he will most likely not feature in the games against both those London clubs.

"We will be able to make good connections with him and I think a lot of the lads have made bonds with him already because he's such a good lad off the pitch".

"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". He's a brilliant character, a really nice lad and helped us a lot in the pre-season and now we chose to work together with him'.