Liverpool opened the 2019/20 Premier League season with a game against newly promoted Norwich City.

As expected, the Reds went on to win the game 4-1 but will be left feeling like they lost in the aftermath.

In-form goalkeeper Alisson Becker appeared to grimace while clutching his calf in the 39th minute. A similar injury to City’s Gabriel Jesus last season saw the striker miss out for 6 weeks.

The worst has now happened for Liverpool fans, as the Brazilian could now miss 4-8 weeks of the current season, according to James Pearce of The Athletic.

It goes without saying that this is certainly concerning for the Reds.

They can weather the storm with backup Adrian but would likely fall out of contender status in the Champions League and Premier League if Alisson were to miss the majority of the early part of the season.

4-8 weeks isn’t all that bad as it could have been much worse – but he will miss part of the Champions League group stage as a result.

Just how much will his absence affect Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool team?

The 26-year-old shot-stopper was an integral part of the Reds journey to Champions League glory and he also reciprocated that form in the Premier League.

Liverpool had the best defensive record of any side and conceded a mere 22 goals the whole of last season. It’s safe to say without Alisson at the back, it might have been one-way traffic for Manchester City.

The Brazilian was also the only Liverpool player who played all minutes possible in the League and his absence will see his backline looking at unfamiliar faces.

In a Ronaldo-Messi dominated era, to have people even consider talking about a goalkeeper as a potential Ballon d’Or candidate means the man between the sticks must be phenomenal.

That man is Alisson Becker; who’s incredible 2018/19 performance had all pundits and fans raving.

Perhaps it’s coincidental but Adrian – Liverpool’s backup goalkeeper for the Brazilian – already conceded a goal in his first outing.

Alisson, on the other hand, comes from the end of a brilliant season where he was keeping clean sheets for fun.

He went on to get more than 20 League clean sheets and joined the elite group of one of the only three shot-stoppers to achieve that tally in a single season. The other two being United’s David De Gea and record holder Petr Cech.

I think we already get the point of how influential he is in goal for Liverpool. With reports suggesting an untested Adrian could replace Alisson with a potential 35-year-old Andy Lonergan on a short-term deal as backup, it doesn’t exactly seem confident for the fans or even the players.

The fact that the Brazilian will at least miss six games with two of them being crucial games against Arsenal and Chelsea isn’t pleasant to hear at all.

While it’s still too early to cry wolf, the 26-year-old will greatly be missed in goal and could potentially affect that fate of Liverpool’s chances in coming weeks.


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