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Alisson could return next week with goalkeeper “really close” to full training

Jurgen Klopp believes Alisson is “really close” to returning to full training with Liverpool, and is hoping to welcome the goalkeeper back from Sunday.

Alisson has missed the last eight games due to calf injury suffered in the 4-1 win over Norwich, with Adrian and Caoimhin Kelleher filling in.

The 26-year-old was awarded FIFA’s Goalkeeper of the Year on Monday night, serving as a reminder of his world-class quality, though Klopp has lavished praise on Adrian for his performances as deputy.

This has relieved pressure on the Reds’ No. 1 as he works his way back to full fitness, and speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash with Sheffield United, Klopp provided a very positive update.

“Ali is on a good way, yesterday he had a full session—not with us, but with the goalkeeping coaches,” he told reporters on Friday.

“So [he is] getting closer and closer, we will see now, we have to talk to the medical department.

“So Ali looks like he is close, but the final word is with the medical department obviously, because we have to ask how it is exactly. That’s it.

“Ali is not in contention for tomorrow, it looks like maybe he can train with the team from Sunday on, but we don’t know 100 percent. It’s really close.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, September 16, 2019: Liverpool's Sadio Mane during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match between SSC Napoli and Liverpool FC. (Pic by Laura Malkin/Propaganda)

Klopp also confirmed Sadio Mane and Divock Origi were back in training on Thursday and looked “completely normal, no issues,” but ruled out Xherdan Shaqiri.

“Milly got a knock in his back against MK Dons, early in the game, looked a bit awkward after the game but should be good,” the manager continued.

Curtis Jones another knock, but that’s it.”

Liverpool are likely to be much-changed from the side to win 2-0 at MK Dons in midweek, as they head to Bramall Lane for a lunchtime kickoff.

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