Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has revealed how he managed to return from his shoulder injury a few weeks earlier than he was expected to.
Alisson says that he worked with some top physios and set himself an ambitious target upon learning the extent of his injury, helping him make his return to the team against Sheffield United last weekend.
The Brazil international was forecasted to be out for around six weeks, but ended up missing just three – with Adrian playing against Aston Villa, Everton and Ajax in his absence.
Speaking to The Athletic’s James Pearce, Alisson opened up on his time out injured.
Alisson: "It's good to be back. I am really happy. I had top physios on my side to help me accelerate the recovery process. When the doctor said 4 to 6 weeks, I said right we go to 2 or 3 weeks max. We went for it."
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) October 26, 2020
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Alisson’s return was huge for Liverpool because of Adrian’s weak performances between the sticks for the Reds. The Spanish goalkeeper conceded seven to Villa in his first game, whilst making an error directly leading to the opening goal in the defeat. He then struggled against Everton as he conceded a soft goal to Michael Keane, failing to keep out the header which went down his throat from a corner.
This means that Alisson’s return could help Liverpool to keep more clean sheets, with the Brazilian’s record in the Premier League an incredibly impressive one. He has kept 35 clean sheets in just 71 appearances in the league since joining Liverpool, highlighting how much of an impact he has had for the Reds – winning the Golden Glove in the 2018/19 campaign.
Hopefully, Alisson can now remain fit for the remainder of the campaign and not be forced to watch on from the sidelines for a prolonged spell of time again. With his fighting mentality, as shown by his comments, it could take a lot to keep him out of the side for a while, with the ‘keeper determined to be out on the pitch rather than on the treatment table.