Jurgen Klopp optimistic over Alisson’s daily injury progress at Liverpool

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been boosted by the speedy recovery of Alisson.

The reliable Brazilian stopper is back in training following a shoulder injury, having missed both the defeat to Aston Villa before the intentional break and draw against Everton after it.

The reigning Premier League champions are in desperate need for some good news following the injury suffered by Virgil van Dijk in the derby, which could rule him out for the entire season.

Deputy Adrian has struggled in place of his team-mate despite the praise of his manager, and the Spaniard might find himself back on the bench after the Champions League clash against Ajax on Wednesday.

Klopp told the official Liverpool website on Monday: “Ali looks very good. We have to see. Catching balls and stuff like this is all possible. But we cannot rush it and will not rush it.

“Actually, it’s a common thing every day when I see Ali, I say: ‘How was it today?’ He always with a big smile tells me of the slight improvements. Today I didn’t see him [yet], so I can’t wait to ask for his progress!”

Alisson, 28, has kept 35 clean sheets in only 70 Premier League appearances, making 139 saves in the process.

When asked for an update on Thiago, Klopp added: “So, yes, he got a knock, a proper knock.

“All the rest, we have to see. It’s not even close to being as serious [as Virgil van Dijk]. But will he be ready for Wednesday? I don’t know yet. We will see.”

Van Dijk released a statement on his progress on Sunday, which reads: "This afternoon, I met with a leading consultant to start the process of planning the finer details of my rehabilitation following the incident yesterday.

“I’m now fully focused on my recovery and will do everything I can to be back as quickly as possible.

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"Despite the obvious disappointment, I'm a firm believer that within difficulty lies opportunity and with God's help I'm going to make sure I return better, fitter and stronger than ever before.

"In football, as in life, I believe everything happens for a reason and it's important to try and keep level-headed whether going through the highs or the lows.

“With the support of my wife, kids and family and everyone at Liverpool, I'm ready for the challenge ahead.”

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