Liverpool handed big injury boost for Man Utd clash with Alisson to return from calf issue


Alisson will reportedly return to Liverpool’s starting line-up away at Manchester United this Sunday (4.30pm).

The Reds take on their arch rivals seeking just a third win at Old Trafford since 2004 and their first victory since 2014.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have won all of their eight Premier League games so far and their last 17 in a row stretching back to last season. A win at United would draw them level with Manchester City for the most consecutive top-flight wins of all time.

And per the Daily Star, Liverpool’s hopes of claiming a huge three points have been boosted by the impending return of Alisson, who has been out with injury for two months.

The Brazilian sustained a calf injury just 39 minutes into his side’s opening league game of the season, a 4-1 win over Norwich City at Anfield.

Alisson’s absence has not dented Liverpool, who have a perfect record and sit eight points ahead of title rivals Manchester City.

Adrian, signed on a free transfer just days before having to come off the bench against Norwich, has filled in capably for the FIFPro 2019 World XI goalkeeper.

The Spaniard, a free agent until moving to Merseyside, joined Liverpool after Simon Mignolet was allowed to join Club Brugge and the ex-West Ham shot-stopper has produced several impressive stops in his time in the team.

But Alisson – a £65million signing one year ago – was sublime for Klopp and co. last season as they managed a league-best defensive record of 22 goals in 38 games.

He also kept six clean sheets in the Champions League as Liverpool were victorious against Tottenham in the final in Madrid, in which the keeper made eight saves.

Alisson has been carefully managed throughout his rehabilitation as the Reds seek to bring back their No 1 at 100 per cent fitness.

It had been mentioned by Klopp that the Brazil international could feature against Leicester City before the international break, having returned to full first-team training a few days before.

But Liverpool’s backroom staff opted to give the UEFA Goalkeeper of the Season extra time to recover in order to ensure he is back at his best upon his comeback.

United – who have won just two of their eight games and trail Liverpool by 15 points – are braced for fitness boosts of their own for this weekend’s showdown.

The Red Devils are expected to welcome all of Paul Pogba, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw back from knocks while Anthony Martial could also be included in the 18-man match-day squad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come under pressure for recent results, but will have Pogba and Shaw back for the first time since August 24, with Pogba having also been a regular absentee of late with an ankle issue. Wan-Bissaka is back from tonsillitis.

Daniel James should also be fine to play despite appearing to be knocked unconscious while playing for Wales on Sunday night, before returning to the action just minutes later.

Wales boss and United legend Ryan Giggs brushed off the incident as merely “acting” despite the worrying nature of the collision which led to James, Solskjaer’s joint-top scorer this season, being left motionless on the turf.


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