The last few weeks have not been great for Liverpool, with losses in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 to Atlético Madrid, a first loss in the Premier League in 422 days, and a stunning defeat to Chelsea that saw the Reds dumped out of the F.A. Cup.
But it just got worse for the defending Champions League winners, as goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been ruled out of action for some time with a muscle injury.
While the Reds are free and clear in the Premier League, they have a tough contest Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 against Atlético Madrid. Diego Simeone's side travels from Spain with a 1-0 lead on aggregate after the first leg.
Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp gave an update in the press conference Friday before the Bournemouth match Saturday.
“Unfortunately Ali is out,” Klopp said. “He had a little incident in training before the Chelsea game. We all thought it was nothing and it was clear he would not play anyway, the plan was he was on the bench.
“There, we thought, ‘Come on, we don’t have to take any risks’ so left him out of the squad. (There was a) scan the next day and they found something. So now he is out. We will see next week for sure and then we will see.”
Klopp spoke about the nature of the injury, which will keep him out for some period of time and could threaten to derail the season.
“Muscle, slight, in the hip region," Klopp said. "A small muscle. You could all do your work still but a professional goalkeeper is slightly different. That is the situation.
No, next week not (available). I don’t want to say no (for the Merseyside derby) but I don’t know if he will be available. He is not available for the next week, not for tomorrow and not the next week.
“Then we have to judge the situation new. I would say after the international break he is back 100 per cent, whatever we can get before that we will see.”
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