Alisson looks certain to make his return for Liverpool – with Jurgen Klopp insisting he is ready.
The Brazilian keeper has been sidelined for seven weeks with a calf tear he suffered as the curtain came up on the new season.
But he has trained fully for the last 10 days, and has now returned to squad training, and crucially, Klopp confirmed he has done all the defensive drills with the first team.
That is the biggest hint yet that he will make his comeback against Leicester on Saturday, with the manager clearing the way when agreed he could play the keeper with no risks: “It’s different for keepers, yes. Alisson has been training for 10 days, now he is in team training.
“If yesterday was his first training session, we would not have to even think about it, but I have to talk. Yesterday he trained with the team for the first time and looked really good.
“Ali has been doing all the training already for 10 days and is now team training. He has done important stuff. We could take him out of the general team stuff and do work of much higher intensity than he could do in just a five a side, so he is there.”
Klopp also revealed that centre half Joel Matip, who was missed against Salzburg in midweek, will NOT be fit for a return at the weekend, despite making progress after suffering a knee injury at Sheffield United.
Xherdan Shaqiri is also still out, with the manager explaining:
Klopp was in light-hearted mood at his pre match press conference, but he did suddenly become very serious indeed, when asked about a video of Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch’s half time team talk at Anfield, which was released by his own club.