Liverpool suffered a huge injury blow as first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker was forced off in the first half of their Premier League curtain raiser against Norwich with a calf problem.
The Brazilian sustained the injury to his kicking leg as he cleared the ball upfield towards the end of the first half of Friday night’s match.
Alisson fell over as he made contact with the ball and immediately signalled to the Liverpool bench that the issue was serious, clutching his right calf as he laid on the floor in severe pain.
A stretcher came on for the Liverpool keeper, but Alisson managed to hobble off the pitch with the help of the physio after being consoled by some of his team-mates.
Manager Jurgen Klopp admitted the early indications do not look promising for Alisson and has already ruled him out of the European Super Cup final against Chelsea next week.
‘He thought something had hit his calf and that is not a good sign,’ Klopp told Sky Sports after the 4-1 victory over Norwich.
‘It’s not that that happened but that’s how it felt so it’s probably more than a strain. It doesn’t look good. He won’t be ready for Wednesday, I can say that already. But we will find a solution and move on.’
The extent of the 26-year-old’s injury will become clearer when he has a scan on the problem on Saturday.
The injury to Alisson meant Klopp had to call Adrian on for an unlikely debut.
The experienced Spaniard joined Liverpool earlier this week to fill in as No 2 following Simon Mignolet’s move to Club Brugge and would not have expected to have been involved this early into the season.
If Liverpool’s 4-1 victory wasn’t marred by Alisson’s injury, their defensive display certainly would have raised some concerns for Klopp.
Norwich were able to carve open Liverpool’s defence on a number of occasions and had they been more clinical the scoreline could have looked a lot different – certainly at least more competitive.
Liverpool took the lead early on when Grant Hanley inadvertently scuffed Divock Origi’s cross into the back of his net.
Mohamed Salah doubled their advantage minutes later before Virgil Van Dijk and Origi put the hosts four up at the break.
Teemu Pukki produced a smart finish in the second half to reduce the deficit but Liverpool ran out comfortable winners in the end to kick-off their campaign with three points.