Brazilian legend Rivaldo has told The Mirror that he thinks Jurgen Klopp would be taking a risk to play Liverpool star Alisson in Sunday’s grudge match against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Alisson, 27, has starred for Liverpool since joining the club in the summer of 2018 from AS Roma. He has clocked up 53 appearances in all competitions, keeping 28 clean sheets and conceding 35 goals.
However, in Liverpool’s first game of the season, he suffered a calf injury that has ruled him out until now. The Brazilian is fit, but it would be his first game back after recovering from the muscle problem.
Alisson’s compatriot Rivaldo has claimed that Klopp would be playing with fire by starting the former Internacional goalkeeper against Manchester United, suggesting that Adrian should remain between the sticks.
“This is his first match in a few months and perhaps it could be a little risky to put him in to play in such a big match, but he is an experienced goalkeeper and he is certainly prepared to show his value if called upon,” Rivaldo said.
TBR’s view – Rivaldo is bang on, starting an unfit Alisson would be a risk
If Alisson is 100 per cent ready to go, then the Brazilian needs to start. He is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment, and has taken Liverpool from a top-four side into potential Premier League winners.
However, if he is still in the latter stages of recovery or rehabilitation, then Adrian should be given the nod. The Spaniard still has a 100 per cent record in the Premier League with Liverpool, and is certainly no slouch.