€80m-rated Liverpool shot-stopper will miss the Premier League match

Liverpool shot-stopper coach John Achterberg has revealed that Alisson Becker is making ‘steady progress’ in his rehabilitation after returning to light training. Brazil international sustained a calf injury in Reds opening game of the Premier League campaign at home to Norwich and summer signing Adrian has come in to replace him.

While the Merseyside club have managed to maintain a 100 per cent league record in Becker’s absence, German manager will be desperate to have his number one back to full match fitness and available once again. Alisson began light work with rehabilitation fitness boss David Rydings at Melwood last week.

The 26-year-old shot-stopper appears to be making significant strides in his recovery. However, Reds are refusing to put a date on his possible return, and Adrian is expected to continue his run in the side against Newcastle United this weekend.

‘Ali has been working with Dave in the gym a lot to improve the strength and try to keep the fitness levels up,’ Achterberg said. ‘In the last week, he has been out on the pitch to do some catching and footwork, as well as small passing drills. ‘He has made steady progress, but it isn’t easy to say how long it will take or how it will progress.

Before the international break, German tactician admitted it would ‘take time’ return to full match fitness before heaping praise on the Brazilian goalkeeper’s understudy Adrian. ‘He made steps, of course, but it was a proper injury, so it will still take time,’ Jurgen said.