Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg has provided a brief update on the progress of Alisson Becker.
The 26-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper is out with a calf injury and is subsequently working on his fitness at Melwood. ‘Steady progress’ is being made but there’s still no word on when supporters can expect to see him return to the starting XI.
Achterberg told the official Liverpool FC website: “Ali has been working with Dave [Rydings] in the gym a lot to improve the strength and try to keep the fitness levels up.
“In the last few days he has been out on the pitch to do some catching and footwork, as well as small passing drills.
“He has made steady progress, but it is difficult to say how long it will take or how it will progress.
“It needs time and we cannot look too far ahead, so we take each day as it comes, see how he feels, and then make progress from that.”
Achterberg also took a moment to comment on Alisson’s deputy, Adrian, who was signed on a free transfer by the Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp to replace the departing Simon Mignolet. Thrown straight in at the deep end, the 32-year-old Spaniard has done well since being called upon.
“He has done really well. Obviously he needed to adapt to the way we play, with wanting him to play out, but he’s done good and picked everything up,” he said.
“We couldn’t be any happier with how it’s gone. He is a really nice guy, he is always positive and good to talk to. He helps the other goalies by talking with them, so it’s going well. He fits in really well with the group, which is important.
“It is really difficult for anyone to replace Ali, especially when you’ve not had a chance to settle and pick everything up. He had to be straight in after maybe four or five sessions. Then we had two more sessions, played the Super Cup final and then he got the injury, so there was not a lot of time to do extra training.
“Coming to Liverpool, there are high expectations but he has dealt with them really well. He has stayed calm and relaxed and shown a positive, confident manner, which helps the team a lot.”
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