Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he was relieved to find out that Alisson Becker’s illness was not Covid-19-related.
Alisson missed Liverpool’s Premier League fixture with Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday night.
The goalkeeper was ruled out of the Anfield clash due to illness.
Caoimhin Kelleher replaced him in goal, while Divock Origi was replaced by Roberto Firmino in attack as Klopp made two changes to the side that beat West Ham.
New signing Ben Davies was on the bench.
Brighton were without Joel Veltman and Alexis Mac Allister due to minor injuries, with Dan Burn and Steven Alzate replacing the pair.
Klopp said: “Alisson is not well, but it’s not Covid-19, thank God. He woke up this morning and he was not well and there was no chance.
“Ben drove behind me on the way to Anfield, I’m not sure if he knew the way; he just followed me.
“He’s had two sessions with us but not real sessions because we played the other night so it was more extended recovery. The same for Ozan. Ozan is not available yet for other reasons.
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“Ben is here. Good.”
We have to defend well and be compact. Especially in this game today because Brighton is a football playing side who try to make the pitch big. We will have to be on our toes to make sure they cannot do what they want.
“We have to create as well.”
Duje Caleta-Car claim
Meanwhile, one journalist has claimed that Aston Villa played a key role in preventing Liverpool signing a defensive target before the transfer window closed.
The Merseyside outfit showed serious interest in Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car, but a deal did not materialise.
And one reporter has claimed that Villa’s acquisition of Morgan Sanson played a key role.