Fit-again goal­keeper Alis­son to bol­ster Liver­pool de­fence at Old Traf­ford

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Jason Burt - By Chris Bas­combe

Alis­son Becker is set to re­turn for Liver­pool against Manch­ester United on Sun­day af­ter com­plet­ing his re­cov­ery from a calf in­jury.

The Brazil­ian goal­keeper will be de­clared fit ahead of the Old Traf­ford fix­ture, pro­vid­ing he com­pletes an­other full week of train­ing as is ex­pected.

Alis­son has stepped up his train­ing sched­ule dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional break. He has not fea­tured since the open­ing day of the sea­son when he tore a calf against Norwich City.

Adrian, who signed as a free agent just a few days be­fore the Pre­mier League kick-off, has proved him­self an ex­cep­tional deputy over the past two months.

It is tes­ti­mony to the Spaniard’s ef­forts that Liver­pool have main­tained a 100 per cent do­mes­tic record de­spite the loss of last sea­son’s Golden Glove win­ner.

But Alis­son was crit­i­cal to Liver­pool’s de­fen­sive im­prove­ment when he moved from Roma a year ago so it will come as a relief to Jur­gen Klopp, the man­ager, to have him back in the first-team pic­ture again.

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