Alisson details Keita pep talk as he returns to ease Liverpool injury woes

Liverpool's   injury troubles for the most part, appear to be coming to an end at the perfect time for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Although Virgil van Dijk will likely miss the rest of the campaign with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, elsewhere the picture is looking decidedly more rosy.

In addition to the Dutchman’s injury, the champions have had to content with a number of issues to the players who would usually step in.

Joel Matip and Fabinho have both missed time, while in midfield Naby Keita has also been ruled out.

Both of those returned to Klopp’s squad for the stunning 5-0 win over Atalanta in the Champions League.

But even in their absence, the likes of Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have deputised manfully.

And keeper Alisson has praised their performances, while also revealing the cheeky message he gave the returning Keita.

“As I said, we are not a team of only one player,” he told the club’s official site. “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.

“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.

“Rhys is a really good lad. He is always asking me to speak with him and talk with him on the pitch, so he is humble. He works hard and this helped him a lot.

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“Nat, I’m really happy for the way he played on Saturday. It was more difficult for him because he has gone a long time without playing, coming back from an injury.

“He was prepared in his mind but I think he wasn’t waiting for this opportunity. He grabbed it with both hands and did really well and I’m happy for him, happy for the team with what we have in front of us.

“We have a big challenge now, but I’m really happy with what we are doing on the pitch.”

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