Alisson Becker is set to make his Liverpool debut in Saturday’s friendly with Napoli in Dublin, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed.
The goalkeeper joined up with the Reds squad for the first time on Tuesday at their training camp in France following his transfer from AS Roma last month.
The team will head directly to Ireland from their Evian base this weekend – and Alisson will almost certainly be handed his maiden appearance for the club at the Aviva Stadium.
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Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s pretty likely [he’ll make his debut]. We should not waste time.
“Then it’ll be nearly a week, or six days in training, since he [started] and yes, he will play.”
Alisson met his new teammates for the first time when they arrived at their Evian base on Monday evening having tied up his switch from Italy on July 19 – and he’s already made a positive impression.
Klopp continued: “I’m very pleased [to be able to work with him], but first of all it’s very important he can start now because the season starts in one-and-a-half weeks. Each player in the world needs training and time to adapt to his mates.
“We have two games to do that before we start, so it’s really good.
“He obviously has a real presence, he’s smart, he’s very nice and it’s good to have him around.
“It’s only positive, even the performances in training – which is not too important in the beginning – are already exceptional, so all good.”