Liverpool dealt monster Champions League blow with goalkeeper Alisson OUT with a hip injury



Posted Saturday, March 07, 2020 by Thesun.co.uk

Liverpool dealt monster Champions League blow with goalkeeper Alisson OUT with a hip injury
Alisson could miss the Champions League game with Atleti through injury Credit: EPA

LIVERPOOL have been dealt a monster Champions League blow with goalkeeper Alisson OUT of the second-leg with Atletico Madrid with a hip injury.

The Reds go into the game at Anfield trailing 1-0 from the first-leg at the Wanda Metropolitano.

And they will now be without their star stopper - with Adrian, whose error led to Chelsea taking the lead in the FA Cup midweek, expected to play.

Alisson, 27, has played five times in the Champions League this season, with Adrian playing twice.

In those two games, Liverpool have lost 2-0 to Napoli and shipped three in the 4-3 nail-biter against Red Bull Salzburg.

Alisson will also miss this upcoming Premier League game against Bournemouth - and could even be ruled out of next weekend's Merseyside derby against Everton.

Ahead of the game, Jurgen Klopp revealed: "[Alisson] had a little incident before Chelsea, we thought nothing of it - the plan was he was going to be on the bench anyway.

"And then we thought 'come on, we don't have to take any risks' so left him out of the squad.

"Then he had a scan the next day and they found something, so now he is out. We'll see how long. Next week for sure and then we'll see.

"It's a small muscle in the hip region. You could all do your work with it, he being a professional goalkeeper can not."

But there was a glimmer of hope for Liverpool, with Klopp revealing crucial captain Jordan Henderson could be fit for the Atletico Madrid game.

The Kop boss added: "Jordan has a chance for Atletico Madrid but not for Bournemouth.”

The Reds have gone on their worst run of the season lately, having lost three of their last four.

Klopp's side have missed the chance to become the league's latest "Invincibles" after their shock defeat at Watford.

They then crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of Chelsea having previously lost in Europe at Atleti.

Liverpool go into the second-leg at Anfield with a one-goal deficit, desperate to retain their Champions League crown.

The Reds do still sit 22 points clear of Manchester City - who have a game in hand - in the Premier League despite their wobble.

But they will have to make do with Adrian, who had enjoyed a solid season prior to his Chelsea blunder, for Saturday's clash at home to the Cherries.

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