Alisson out 'the next few weeks' with calf injury

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Liverpool have a crisis between the sticks after Alisson suffered a calf injury in Friday's win against Norwich. "It's a calf injury which takes him obviously out for a while", Klopp told Liverpool's official website.

"I don't want to make now [an] exact prognosis on when he will be back, but it will not [be] tomorrow for sure, so now then we have to see".

'We have to see how that works but that's then how we cover that situation'.

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The traditional curtain-raiser to the European season may not be taken entirely seriously by everyone, but neither club will turn their noses up at the chance of lifting more silverware, with Liverpool having just ended a seven-year trophy drought and Frank Lampard eager to kick-start his Chelsea managerial career.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk believes that the Spaniard's experience will be vital in Alisson's absence.

After being replaced by Adrian between the posts at Anfield, speculation subsequently ran rampant regarding the severity of Alisson's problem, as well as how long he would be sidelined for.

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Liverpool's other options in goal are Caoimhin Kelleher and Vitezslav Jaros - the former who is just returning to the team after breaking his wrist, while Jaros was also injured in pre-season.

After the Chelsea game in Istanbul, Liverpool faces Southampton on Saturday and Arsenal a week later.

"The reception he got [on Friday], I think he feels as though the supporters are already behind him". "I didn't speak to John [Achterberg, Liverpool goalkeeping coach] yet about that".

It's obviously unusual playing them overseas, but I think every game is different and we'll go out there with a desire to win.

"He was in with us, he's a brilliant character, a really nice lad and helped us a lot in the pre-season, and now we chose to work together with him".

Alisson's loss for an extended period would represent a blow to the club he joined from Roma in a £65million switch last summer.

"The situation was even more hard a few weeks ago because of injuries, but Caoimhin Kelleher is now in his final steps for being completely back".

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