‘Alisson is a big loss for Liverpool & Brazil’

first_imgAlisson will prove to be a “big loss” for both Liverpool and Brazil while he recovers from a calf injury, according to Kleberson.The 26-year-old was forced off the pitch midway through the first half of Liverpool’s 4-1 opening day victory over Norwich on August 9, with no word yet on when he will return to the senior fold.Reds’ summer signing Adrian filled in for the Brazilian in subsequent wins over Chelsea and Southampton, in the UEFA Super Cup final and Premier League, respectively, with Jurgen Klopp likely to stick with the Spaniard over the next few weeks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? With the international break just around the corner, it is not yet known whether or not Alisson will be fit enough to play a part in friendlies against Columbia and Peru.Kleberson, part of Brazil’s 2002 World Cup winning squad, insists that the shot-stopper’s absence will be felt by Tite and Klopp while he continues his recovery. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!The ex-Manchester United midfielder told us-bookies.com: “For goalkeepers, it’s never easy when they get injuries. Allison gives a lot of positives and confidence to the Liverpool defence. So it’s a big loss for them and the Brazil national team too.”Ederson is the same level but of course Allison is a big name. It’s not easy at the beginning of the season because players prepare a lot for a strong, solid season. He’s got to rest now and start again, so he’ll be behind the other keepers.”One man who is likely to retain a place in the latest Selecao squad is Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, who has started the new season with a point to prove.The 22-year-old scored during City’s 5-0 win against West Ham before being denied the winning goal by VAR in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Tottenham last weekend.Kleberson hopes he can play a huge role for Pep Guardiola’s squad this term, having helped Brazil lift the Copa America earlier this summer.“Gabriel Jesus is a talented player,” he added. “He is still figuring out his place with Manchester City and has scored good goals with some brilliant performances. After his injuries, he was a bit inconsistent but it’s a new season and I am so happy for him how he did in the Copa America.”I hope he has a great season with Manchester City. It’s not easy for him because they have great players, so he has to keep consistent.”Liverpool resume their Premier League duties with a home clash against Arsenal on Saturday, while City take in a trip to Bournemouth on Sunday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

‘Messi is a freak but Ronaldo the most complete player’

first_imgVirat Kohli is a superstar in his own right, with the India captain an iconic figure in the world of cricket, and he has had his say on the Lionel Messi versus Cristiano Ronaldo debate.A man who would likely figure in any discussions regarding the finest batsmen of all time has been charged with the task of picking the greatest between two eternal rivals from a different sport.Kohli is a big fan of football, with inspiration taken from those who set the same standards as he does and seek to always raise the bar of individual excellence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Messi and Ronaldo certainly fall into that category having shared 10 Ballons d’Or and countless records between them.Choosing a favourite is a thankless task, with both boasting serious claims to the greatest of all time tag, but Kohli says Portuguese power trumps Argentine flair for him.He told The Times of India: “Tough question. But I would say Cristiano is the most complete player that I have seen.“Whether it’s the left foot, right foot, speed or dribbling skills, he’s amazing. I have not seen a better goalscorer.“He revolutionised the sport and everyone followed him. His place is special, but if I had to take only one in my team who will give energy and intensity, it’s Cristiano.”Virat KohliWhile placing himself in Team Ronaldo, Kohli concedes that Barcelona forward Messi is a special talent and one that sits only fractionally behind a Juventus frontman in his eyes.Kohli added: “It’s a personal preference. Messi is a freak, absolute natural talent, and his ability is second to none.“For me, what stands out is the ability or the will to put in the effort in every single minute of the game.“Ronaldo’s drive separates him from everyone else. Playing at the top level, everyone has talent, but I don’t think anyone has the will that he has.”Messi edged his latest battle with Ronaldo, as he landed the FIFA Best award for 2019, but both will soon be back chasing down another Golden Ball along with domestic and European crowns with their respective clubs.last_img read more