Alisson has revealed how a refusal to take no for an answer – and the power of prayer – helped him make a vital return for Liverpool.
The keeper damaged shoulder ligaments in a training ground accident, and was told he would miss six weeks – which was a huge blow, compounded by injury to Virgil van Dijk.
But as he prepares for a Champions League clash with Midtjylland a month ahead of schedule, he explained how he beat the odds to come back early:
“As soon as the doctor said it was four to six weeks, I said no doc we go two to three maximum, and he agrees with me and we go for it.
“I have the top physios on my side, helping me to accelerate the recovery weeks, and I need to thank them, the fitness staff the doctors and the goalie coaches who help me.”
Alisson will be vital over the coming months, in marshalling a defence that is now without the leadership of van Dijk. And he says his faith played a big role.
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It’s been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.
Virgil van Dijk’s season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson’s injury worries too.
But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.
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“How did I do it? I pray a lot. Seriously, I pray a lot. I believe my faith and working hard helped me in this fast recovery,” he added.
“I also did a lot of sessions of treatment. I was every day for five or six hours at the club doing sessions with the physios, and I worked hard to be ready.”
Boss Jurgen Klopp is likely to make wholesale changes against the Danes, but revealed that Naby Keita, Thiago and Joel Matip are unlikely to be ready for the tie.
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