Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled Diogo Jota out of the Reds’ Community Shield showdown with Manchester City later this month, but believes Alisson could return in time for the season’s curtain raiser.
Jota was unable to take part in Liverpool’s 2-0 pre-season win over Crystal Palace in Singapore on Friday due to an ongoing hamstring problem, while Alisson has also missed recent training sessions with an abdominal injury.
Speaking after the win over the Eagles, Klopp revealed only one of the two could be back in time to take on City.
“Ali, I think, has the chance for City and Diogo not,” Klopp said.
“Ali, he feels a muscle, abdominal. It’s nothing serious but, again, we prepare a full season so he can train but just not like before, so he should not play in the moment.
“Not normal goalie training but he has a pre-season, so he doesn’t lose time.”
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also miss the Community Shield after he was forced off with a muscle injury against Palace.
“Of course it’s very disappointing for us because Oxlade trained all the time really well since the pre-season started,” Klopp added.
“It happened obviously with Ox in the past when it gets more intense and something can happen.
“Now this is just a muscle thing, we had worse situations, so I’m OK with it.
“I don’t know exactly how long it will take but he will be back and then it’s all fine. He is obviously a top-class player and he can help us.”