Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has welcomed the return from injury of key stars Naby Keita, Joel Matip and Kostas Tsimikas.
The trio all earned a place in Tuesday’s squad for the rout at Atlanta after their recent lay-offs. Indeed, Keita and Tsimikas earned minutes from the bench, with Matip an unused substitute.
Keita made his first appearance since the 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa, almost a month ago. Tsimikas’ thigh problem, meanwhile, meant he had not featured since mid-September.
Matip suffered a leg problem in the Merseyside derby draw with Everton in October and Alisson says he is delighted to be able to welcome the players back into the team.
The Brazilian stopper also joked about Keita’s absence, with a tongue-in-cheek joke that he was on holiday.
“The last weeks have been difficult times because we have lost some important players in our team, but now we have many coming back as well,” Alisson told Liverpoolfc.com.
“Joel was here as well and he is a player we need on the pitch. We need everybody fit.
Naby coming back as well, I told him ‘Holidays are off now for you, Naby!’.
“It’s good to have the boys back. We have a big challenge now, but I’m really happy with what we are doing on the pitch.”
The returns of Keita, Matip and Tsimikas are timely ahead of Sunday’s clash with Manchester City.
Liverpool’s lengthy injury concerns
However, despite Liverpool‘s recent injury reprieve, they are still awaiting the return of two players. Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain on the sidelines.
Thiago was the third player to suffer injury against Everton, along with Virgil van Dijk. Indeed, Klopp revealed after the game that it was a knee injury, although not as serious as Van Dijk’s.
Englishman Oxlade-Chamberlain, meanwhile, also has a knee problem, which he suffered in Liverpool’s pre-season training camp.