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    Friday, 30 October 2020

    Alisson's take on Jordan Pickford tackle and life without Virgil van Dijk

    Alisson Becker has highlighted Liverpool's current situation without Virgil van Dijk and gives verdict on Jordan Pickford incident

    Alisson Becker believes Liverpool can stand tough times amid injury crisis.

    Ducth defending ace Virgil van Dijk could be out for Liverpool for a lengthy period after an incident that saw him came off worse during the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park earlier this month.

    The 29-year-old now serving his injury spell means Liverpool are left only with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip as senior central defenders in Jurgen Klopp's squad.

    Fabinho, who has also been filling in at the back, suffered a hamstring injury against Midtjylland during the midweek game.

    After scan has revealed the Brazilian sustained a grade one/two tear on his hamstring,  Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is now expected to provide further update on the extent of the player's absence when he faces the media later today ahead of West Ham United clash.


    And Alisson who recently returned from a shoulder injury has insisted, despite his side have suffered major injury setbacks they're not set to give up their title-bidding contest.

    He told Sky Sports: "We have everything we need to keep doing our job, playing our football, playing the way we play.

    "We don't need to make changes. Obviously you will miss some things - [like] Virgil's headers!

    "He doesn't just help us in the defensive phase but attacking and scoring goals as well.

    "But this will prove the strength of our team. We are a really strong side with many players who can play."

    Discussing the rash tackle from Pickford that took place during the derby, Alisson added: "Every goalkeeper has a different way to play and a different way to move.

    "But in that moment, 100%, it was not a necessary movement.

    "Thinking what I have in my mind when I go for a situation - I go to finish the situation. If I go too soft, I know the opponent can score.

    "But everyone has their own way to go for the ball.

    "I don't agree with that way [Pickford on Van Dijk] - everybody can see that.

    "It was just an unnecessary moment and movement."

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