Mohamed Salah could return for Liverpool against Genk on Wednesday after returning to first-team training.

The Egypt star has been sidelined with an ankle injury sustained during the 2-1 Premier League win over Leicester City and missed the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.

Manager Jurgen Klopp said the forward could not have been risked for the game at Old Trafford as he had not yet resumed team training.

However, Salah was involved in the section of training open to the media at Melwood on Tuesday as Liverpool prepare for their trip to Belgium.

It means the 27-year-old is likely at least to be ready for next Sunday's Premier League clash with Tottenham at Anfield.

Liverpool are a point off the top in Group E after two matches, having lost 2-0 to Napoli before beating Salzburg 4-3 on matchday two.

David de Gea passed a late fitness test and was named in Manchester United's starting line-up against Liverpool, who welcomed Alisson back from injury but were deprived of Mohamed Salah for the clash at Old Trafford.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picked De Gea after the goalkeeper recovered from a groin problem picked up while on international duty for Spain, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka was passed fit in defence while Paul Pogba missed out in midfield.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp handed Alisson his first start of the season after he recovered from an ankle injury, with Adrian dropping to the bench.

"Mo was not ready, he could not train with the team so I don't know where it came from, people saying he could play. Pretty much no chance for today, maybe for Wednesday [against Genk in the Champions League] we have to see," Klopp told Sky Sports.

"It’s a difference but not a massive difference if we cover it well. Mo makes the runs in behind so we have to cover these runs with somebody else.

"We played before without Mo, we don’t want to do it but it was clear we would have to do it at some point over the season. Today is the day we have to do that. We knew it for a few days so we could train for it.

Klopp had hoped Salah would bounce back from an ankle injury sustained in the Reds' victory over Leicester City but he missed out, and Divock Origi started alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in attack for the league leaders.

Liverpool have received a double fitness boost ahead of the trip to face Manchester United, with Alisson Becker and Joel Matip returning to training.

Goalkeeper Alisson has been sidelined since injuring his calf muscle in the victory over Norwich City on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

Matip suffered an injury setback in the 1-0 win over Sheffield United and missed the home matches with Salzburg and Leicester City.

However, both took part in training at Melwood on Tuesday, with the Reds heading to Old Trafford on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp's side sit top of the table with an eight-point lead over nearest rivals Manchester City. 

Jurgen Klopp confirmed Alisson returned to full first-team training on Thursday but did not commit to starting the Brazil goalkeeper against Leicester City on Saturday.

Alisson sustained a calf injury against Norwich City in Liverpool's season opener, suffering the problem while taking a goal-kick in the 4-1 triumph.

Adrian – a free transfer in pre-season – has since deputised and generally been solid, ensuring the Reds still have the joint-best defence in the league with Saturday's visitors Leicester, both letting five goals in.

Klopp revealed Alisson was back with the rest of the group following a period of solitary and goalkeeper-only training.

He is yet to make a decision on whether the former Roma man will play against Leicester, though Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri are definitely out.

"With Alisson it is still 'maybe, maybe not'," Klopp told reporters on Friday. "Yesterday [Thursday] he trained with the team for the first time.

"He looked really good, but we will see. We have to talk to different people before I make a decision about that.

"Joel looks good but he is not ready for [Leicester], and Shaq [Shaqiri] no. After the international break they are all pretty much back on track."

While Klopp stressed there is no necessity to risk Alisson, he does accept training works differently for goalkeepers, meaning he could feature if needed.

"It's different, yes, but the good thing is that Adrian did well, so we don't feel pressure," Klopp added. "We don't have to rush it. Alisson has been training for 10 days, now he is in team training.

"I have to talk [with the medical staff]. I have had a lot of meetings because Mike Gordon [president of Liverpool's ownership group, Fenway Sports Group] is in town, I haven't had chance to think about the goalkeeper situation.

"But I will do that after the press conference and I will make the call."

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson will not return in Wednesday's Champions League clash with Salzburg.

The Brazil international has been sidelined since injuring his calf muscle in the victory over Norwich City on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

It had been hoped the former Roma star could be ready to play this week, but manager Jurgen Klopp is not prepared to take the risk despite the player being seemingly eager to come back.

He told a news conference: "One is Ali's opinion, the other is the medical department. They are a little bit cautious. We have to see. He looks really well but it was a serious injury and we don't want to take any risks.

"He didn't train so far with the team and we have to see for Leicester [on Saturday]. For the Manchester United game [on October 20], probably 100 per cent, but we have to see."

Centre-back Joel Matip is also out after suffering a knock in the 1-0 win at Sheffield United. Xherdan Shaqiri remains out of action.

"Joel Matip obviously got a slight knock at Sheffield," Klopp had earlier told Liverpool's official website.

"Apart from that, everybody should be fine. Of course, we have the players who weren't available last week – that means Shaq is still out; Alisson is very close but for sure not for tomorrow. I think that's it pretty much."

Klopp's side need a positive result against Salzburg if they are to kick-start the defence of their Champions League crown.

The Reds lost their opening Group E match 2-0 away to Napoli last month, while Salzburg thrashed Genk 6-2.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson will not return in Wednesday's Champions League clash with Salzburg.

The Brazil international has been sidelined since injuring his calf muscle in the victory over Norwich City on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

It had been hoped the former Roma star could be ready to play this week, but manager Jurgen Klopp is not prepared to take the risk despite the player being seemingly eager to come back.

He told a news conference: "One is Ali's opinion, the other is the medical department. They are a little bit cautious. We have to see. He looks really well but it was a serious injury and we don't want to take any risks.

"He didn't train so far with the team and we have to see for Leicester [on Saturday]. For the Manchester United game [on October 20], probably 100 per cent, but we have to see."

Centre-back Joel Matip is a doubt to face Salzburg after suffering a knock in the 1-0 win at Sheffield United.

Xherdan Shaqiri also remains out of action.

"Joel Matip obviously got a slight knock at Sheffield, we have to see how exactly it will be," Klopp had earlier told Liverpool's official website.

"Apart from that, everybody should be fine. Of course, we have the players who weren't available last week – that means Shaq is still out; Alisson is very close but for sure not for tomorrow. I think that's it pretty much."

Klopp's side need a positive result against Salzburg if they are to kick-start the defence of their Champions League crown.

The Reds lost their opening Group E match 2-0 away to Napoli last month, while Salzburg thrashed Genk 6-2.

Jurgen Klopp revealed Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is likely to return to first-team training on Sunday following seven weeks out with a calf injury.

Alisson sustained the problem in Liverpool's Premier League opener against Norwich City on August 9, pulling up after taking a goal kick in the 4-1 win.

Adrian – who arrived on a free transfer in pre-season – came in and has deputised ever since, helping to ensure the Reds have the joint-best defence in the top flight this term.

There was uncertainty initially about how long Alisson was to be out for, with estimates ranging from a few weeks to a couple of months.

Although he will not be able to feature in Saturday's trip to Sheffield United, Klopp expects Alisson to be back in full training the following day, as a return to action moves close.

"Alisson looks like he is close, but the final word is with the medical department," Klopp said in Friday's pre-match news conference.

"He's not in contention for tomorrow [to face Sheffield United]. Maybe he can train with the team from Sunday onwards. He's really close.

"I'm not a doctor, I take the information [on Alisson] as I get it. Last two weeks he has progressed really, really well. They [the medical staff] have waited long enough until he is in proper training."

Klopp also paid tribute to Adrian for his role as such a reliable deputy, having barely put a foot wrong since coming into the team.

"Adrian's progress has made everything easier," Klopp said. "He is doing a brilliant job and makes everything easier, 100 per cent.

"We can't rush injuries, we try not to do it. We don't like to task risks. We will see when Alisson is ready – Adrian is our goalkeeper for now."

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has revealed he is close to returning from the calf injury that has sidelined him for almost seven weeks.

The Brazil international resumed outdoor training drills earlier this month and is now focused on regaining his full range of athleticism ahead of a return to action.

Alisson went down during Liverpool's season opener against Norwich City, forcing the European champions to thrust new signing Adrian into the spotlight.

But the newly crowned Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper expects to make his comeback in the near future.

"I'm in a good way, I think we are nearly there," Alisson told Liverpool's official website.

"I can go outside to the pitch to do some goalkeeper work and I feel very well.

"I feel confident and I think now it's just about getting all my power, all my confidence to come back and do what I love to do."

Alisson, 26, started every Premier League match for Liverpool last season and was an integral figure in the club's Champions League triumph.

The former Roma star described his reintegration into training as a significant psychological boost.

"It's massive because if I look back, two weeks ago I couldn't even walk properly," he said.

"Now I'm running [and] jumping on my right leg that was injured, so I'm really happy for that.

"It's great. When you are a player you want to have the contact with the ball, with the guys on the pitch, the routine of training. It's what I love to do."

The Reds' number one went on to praise deputy Adrian, who has grasped an unexpected opportunity amid an impressive start to the season from Jurgen Klopp's men.

Alisson added: "He's a special guy who came late in the season, he just came and shows everyone his value, not just as a player but as a person and that is the more important thing.

"He is doing very well on the pitch. I have peace to recover in a proper way, so it's better for everyone."

Liverpool duo Alisson and Virgil van Dijk lined up alongside familiar faces Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the FIFA FIFPro Men's World11 for 2019.

Messi and Ronaldo were voted in by their fellow professionals for a 13th straight year, maintaining their ever-present records since 2007.

Goalkeeper Alisson and centre-back Van Dijk have been rewarded after helping the Reds to Champions League glory earlier this year, although they missed out on the Premier League title to domestic treble-winners Manchester City - who were not represented in the XI.

Real Madrid have the most players with four, albeit Eden Hazard only moved to the Spanish capital in the close season from Chelsea after winning the Europa League in his final game for the English club.

Madrid stalwarts Sergio Ramos and Marcelo were chosen to join Van Dijk and another Dutchman in Matthijs de Ligt at the back, while Luka Modric - winner of The Best FIFA Men's Player award in 2018 – kept a place in midfield.

Messi, who scooped the individual honour this year ahead of Van Dijk and Ronaldo, was joined by new Barca team-mate Frenkie de Jong, while Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe completed the forward line.

FIFA Men's Best XI: Alisson (Liverpool); De Ligt (Juventus), Van Dijk (Liverpool), Ramos (Real Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid); Modric (Real Madrid), De Jong (Barcelona), Hazard (Real Madrid); Ronaldo (Juventus), Messi (Barcelona), Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

Alisson is making steady progress as he continues his recovery from a calf injury, according to Liverpool's goalkeeping coach.

The Brazil international had to be substituted during the opening fixture of the Premier League season against Norwich City, which Jurgen Klopp's men won 4-1.

Adrian has since deputised for the Reds, who have a 100 per cent record and are top of the table, two points clear of champions Manchester City, after four rounds of games.

The international break has given Alisson time to work on his fitness but John Achterberg indicated a return to action may not be imminent.

"In the last few days he has been out on the pitch to do some catching and footwork, as well as small passing drills," he told the Mirror.

"He has made steady progress. It needs time and we cannot look too far ahead, so we take each day as it comes, see how he feels, and then make progress from that.

"Ali has been working with Dave [Rydings, rehabilitation fitness coach] in the gym a lot to improve the strength and try to keep the fitness levels up."

Liverpool are at home to Newcastle United on Saturday.

 

Manchester City star Ederson believes compatriot Alisson deserves to win The Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper award following a brilliant year for club and country.

Brazil international Alisson moved from Roma to Liverpool in July 2018 and enjoyed an exceptional first season at Anfield as the club won the Champions League.

The 26-year-old was named the competition's best goalkeeper and won the Golden Glove at the end of his maiden Premier League campaign after recording 21 clean sheets in 38 games.

He then helped Brazil triumph at the Copa America and looks a clear frontrunner to be crowned the third winner of FIFA's top goalkeeping honour after Gianluigi Buffon and Thibaut Courtois.

Ederson and Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona are also in the running but the City player views his Selecao team-mate as the standout.

"I think the three of us were the best, but I see Alisson one step ahead," said Ederson.

"He was great in the Premier League, won the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and had a great Copa America as well.

"So I think whoever wins will be deserving and I'm happy for two Brazilian goalkeepers to reach this level."

Only a calf injury suffered on the opening day of the new Premier League season has interrupted Alisson's dream run, ruling him out of Brazil's upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Peru.

His absence gives Ederson a rare chance to stake a claim for the national team's number one shirt.

"We all know the great period that Alisson is living. And I'm having a good time too. Of course, these are opportunities," said the former Benfica goalkeeper.

"As a player you must be prepared for everything. I train as if I am always playing, which makes it easier for me to be used.

"I hope to make the best of the opportunities I have here and I'll give my best."

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk are the three finalists for The Best FIFA Men's Player award.

FIFA announced a 10-man shortlist for the gong in July and, following the initial voting period, the final three have been revealed.

Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt, Harry Kane, Eden Hazard, Sadio Mane, Kylian Mbappe and Mohamed Salah were the seven players cut from the initial list.

Liverpool defender Van Dijk is the favourite of many after playing a vital role in the Reds' Champions League triumph and their Premier League title challenge – finishing just a point behind Manchester City.

He was recognised for his exploits just last week, when he was named UEFA's Player of the Year, beating Messi and Ronaldo to the prize.

The Netherlands international also helped his country to the final of the Nations League, only for a Ronaldo-inspired Portugal to lift the inaugural title.

Ronaldo also enjoyed success at club level, helping Juventus cruise to an eighth successive Scudetto, finishing as their top scorer across all competitions with 28 goals.

Messi's numbers dwarfed Ronaldo's, though, as the Barcelona star scored 51 goals in total, including 36 from 29 starts in LaLiga, with Barca retaining their title.

Those goal-scoring exploits won Messi the European Golden Shoe and, on top of being LaLiga's most prolific player, he also set up 13 goals, a haul only matched by Pablo Sarabia.

Messi's Barca team-mate Marc-Andre ter Stegen is among the three finalists for the goalkeeper award, with City's Ederson and Alisson of Liverpool also in the hunt.

And there is a distinct Premier League feel to the final three of the coaches' award, with Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino all in the running.

The winners will be announced on September 23.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given his full backing to Adrian after revealing first-choice goalkeeper Alisson is not yet close to a return.

Alisson has been sidelined with a calf injury sustained in the 4-1 win over Norwich City on the opening day of the Premier League season.

No timeframe has been given for the Brazil international's comeback, but he was moving freely on Thursday when collecting his award for Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season.

Asked for an update on Alisson at Friday's news conference, Klopp said: "He has made steps, of course, but it was a proper injury, so it will still take time.

"This is how it always is with professional sportsmen - when you have a muscle thing and it takes long, then it takes a while as well until you can bring the muscle to at least the same level as it was before.

"A calf muscle is pretty important for jumping - and for a goalie, it is quite important that you can jump from time to time, so it will take time."

Adrian has filled the void over the past few weeks and will remain in goal for the trip to Burnley, with Liverpool aiming to make it four wins from four in the Premier League.

"Thank God - and hopefully it stays like this - we have a fit Adrian in the back and now in charge, which is good," Klopp said.

"So far, I am really happy with everything I saw. He is a good guy, which is important as well, but most importantly of course he can catch balls and that’s good as well.

"The solution we found for it is really good, but of course it would be better if 'Ali' was around but that will still take some time."

Liverpool recovered from a goal down to beat Burnley 3-1 on their most recent trip to Turf Moor and needed a 90th-minute winner from defender Ragnar Klavan in the 2017-18 season.

"Turf Moor is great. It's a really tough place to go," Klopp said. "We have had all weather there! My first game there was one of the hottest days I experienced, then we had wind, rain, everything. It was always difficult.

"Once we played there on January 1, when Ragnar scored in the last minute. That's how a year should start!

"Life is not easy when you go there. The way they play is pretty clear, they don’t change it a lot but they do it that well that everybody who goes there struggles. 

"I can't remember any team going there and winning well. [Manchester] City won there last year with a pretty tight decision. That's what we are prepared for."

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian could miss the Premier League trip to Southampton after a fan accidentally kicked his ankle while celebrating Wednesday's UEFA Super Cup triumph.

An irritated Jurgen Klopp revealed the second-choice shot-stopper was struggling with swelling following a post-match collision with a pitch invader and is a doubt for Saturday's outing.

Adrian had been in the headlines for the right reasons against Chelsea in Istanbul, saving the decisive spot-kick from Tammy Abraham as Liverpool prevailed on penalties following a 2-2 draw at the end of extra-time.

The Spaniard, signed on a free earlier this month, only began the game after regular starter Alisson injured his calf during the Premier League victory over Norwich City at Anfield.

Third-choice option Andy Lonergan, 35, another recent acquisition following his release by Middlesbrough, may now be required to take over at St Mary's, much to Klopp's chagrin.

"I really don't understand why in a world of social media, where you are all on it, where we are all together, a supporter jumped over something, was chased by security guys, slipped and kicked [Adrian's] ankle," the Reds boss said on Friday.

"Crazy. Yesterday [Thursday] it was swollen. Today I spoke to him, here's here, he said it's much better. Much better than yesterday, but we have to see.

"Apart from that, it was a brilliant night for him, for sure."

Klopp did not hide his frustration with the ongoing instances of Liverpool supporters entering the field of play, which also occurred after the pre-season defeat of Tranmere Rovers.

"There's no doubt about how much we love our fans, but if they could all stop doing that. That's now the worst example I've heard about," he said of the latest incident involving Adrian.

"It's not funny, what can I say?

"I like the fact we don't have fences in the stadium, but that means there's a lot of responsibility on security.

"If the one person cannot stop himself then the people around him should do it. It's crazy. You think, wow, how can this happen?"

Manuel Pellegrini is happy to see Adrian making an immediate impact at Liverpool but would have liked to have kept the goalkeeper at West Ham.

Adrian left London Stadium as a free agent at the end of last season and signed for European champions Liverpool, replacing Simon Mignolet as Alisson's back-up.

But an injury to Alisson in the Premier League opener against Norwich City saw Adrian quickly thrust into the action at Anfield.

And on just his first start for Liverpool, the Spaniard proved their UEFA Super Cup final hero with a decisive penalty shoot-out save from Chelsea's Tammy Abraham on Wednesday.

Adrian had been restricted to cup appearances last season, with Lukasz Fabianski the West Ham number one, but Pellegrini still sought to keep the 32-year-old.

"I'm happy for him because he played a lot of years here at West Ham," Pellegrini told a news conference, reflecting on Adrian's display against Chelsea. "He's a very good goalkeeper.

"For different reasons, he couldn't find an arrangement to continue here. We wanted him here because not only is he a good goalkeeper, he's a good player for the squad also.

"He had some problems at the start of the season, so signing for Liverpool and having this performance, I'm very happy for him."

Adrian spent six years at West Ham, largely operating as the club's first choice prior to Fabianski's 2018 arrival.

The former Real Betis man is set to continue in the Liverpool goal against Southampton this weekend, with Alisson out for "the next few weeks" - as confirmed by Jurgen Klopp.

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