Liverpool first-choice goalkeeper Alison Becker has credited the belief he has in his faith and hard work as the two factors that helped him to recover from his collarbone injury he battled with for over three weeks.
Liverpool‘s first-choice goalkeeper last played for Liverpool football club on September 28 against Arsenal in the Premier League before the injury. The match ended 3-1 in favor of Liverpool. Since then, the reigning Premier League champions have been without their first-choice goalkeeper for four matches in all competitions.
One of the matches Jurgen Klopp wished he had Alison in between the sticks was the match against Aston Villa which ended embarrassingly for the reigning Premier League champions. Most Liverpool fans always want to believe that if Alison was fit for the match, their club would not have conceded 7 goals against an average club like Aston Villa.
Though after that, Liverpool never had it that bad as the club has gone on to draw 2-2 against Everton in the Premier League and won Ajax 1-0 in the UEFA Champions League on October 21, Alison was still badly needed in between the sticks.
To the delight of coach Jurgen Klopp, Alison was able to recover from his injury before the club’s game against Sheffield United on October 24 even though medics at the club had told the goalkeeper that the 28-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper would be out of football for four to six weeks.
“I believe in my faith and working hard helps me to make a fast recovery,” Alison said ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League match against FC Midtjylland on Tuesday.
“Every injury that you have on the ligament – shoulder, ankle, or knee – you still feel something weird. Not pain, you feel it for a while.
“But I’m 100% fit to play and I’m comfortable with that.”
“But now, this is what the Lord say, he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”— Alisson Becker (@Alissonbecker) October 24, 2020
Isaiah 43:1 pic.twitter.com/veuVW1wRIx
The Brazilian goalkeeper is expected to maintain his position as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper on Tuesday. If Liverpool wins the match, the club could go to the top of Group D provided that Atalanta (the current table-toppers) draw, lose, or win Ajax with a lesser scoreline than that of Liverpool.
“It’s good to be back, first of all. I’m really happy. I tried to give my best and I have the top physios on my side, helping me as well to accelerate the recovery process”, Alison told Liverpool official website on Monday.
“As soon as the doctor said it was four to six weeks, I told him: ‘No, Doc, we go to two or three weeks maximum.’ He agreed with me and then we just go for it. I’m really happy to be back. I just want to thank the physios, the fitness staff, the doctors, and the goalie coaches who helped me with this process.”
Meanwhile, the manager of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, has confirmed that Thiago Alcantara will not be fit enough for Tuesday’s Champions League match. The Spanish midfielder is still trying to recover from the injury he sustained in the club’s 2-2 draw with Everton on October 17. While Naby Keita and Joel Matip are unlikely to be available for the match, thanks to injuries.