Sport: Liverpool without Alisson, Jota for Community Shield

Soccer-Liverpool to play friendly after first Premier League match

  Soccer-Liverpool to play friendly after first Premier League match Soccer-Liverpool to play friendly after first Premier League matchLiverpool, who have played Manchester United, Crystal Palace, RB Leipzig and Salzburg during pre-season, clash with Manchester City in the Community Shield at Leicester's King Power Stadium on Saturday.

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker will be fit in time for the start of the Premier League season even though he'll miss the Community Shield against Manchester City this weekend, manager Jurgen Klopp said Thursday.

Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp watches the friendly match between Liverpool and Leipzig, at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, Germany, Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Hendrik Schmidt/dpa via AP) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp watches the friendly match between Liverpool and Leipzig, at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, Germany, Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Hendrik Schmidt/dpa via AP) Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp reacts during the friendly match between Liverpool and Leipzig, at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, Germany, Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Hendrik Schmidt/dpa via AP) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp reacts during the friendly match between Liverpool and Leipzig, at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, Germany, Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Hendrik Schmidt/dpa via AP)

Alisson has been struggling with an unspecified injury and hasn't played since the 4-0 loss to Manchester United in a preseason friendly on July 12.

MATCHDAY: Man City-Liverpool in Community Shield; German Cup

  MATCHDAY: Man City-Liverpool in Community Shield; German Cup A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Saturday: ENGLAND The first trophy of the English season is up for grabs when Manchester City and Liverpool meet in the Community Shield, the annual match between the Premier League champions and the FA Cup winners. It's a chance for players to get some more preseason minutes in their legs in a high-level match and for one of the teams to get a psychological edge heading into the start of the Premier League next week, with defending champion City and Liverpool the two title favorites. They should both be starting their big summer signings in attack, too, in Erling Haaland (City) and Darwin Nunez (Liverpool).

The Brazil international has returned to training but will not be risked against City at Leicester's King Power Stadium for the annual game between last season's Premier League champions and FA Cup winners.

“Ali trained today more than the day before, so he will definitely be available for Fulham," Klopp said, referring to Liverpool's first opponent in the Premier League on Aug. 6, “but not for the weekend.”

Diogo Jota might miss the start of the season, however.

The Portugal forward has a hamstring injury and has not been with Liverpool's squad for a training camp in Austria this week.

“Diogo is not here with us so how could he play a football game?" Klopp said. "It will take a while, unfortunately.”

Because of the earlier-than-usual start to the season this year, Klopp said he has not had enough time in preseason to do all the work he would have liked.

Liverpool, which lost 1-0 to Salzburg on Wednesday, even has a friendly against Strasburg planned for Sunday — the day after the Community Shield.

“We have to extend our preseason, if you like, into the season," Klopp said.

Liverpool finished one point behind City in the Premier League last season and is looking to win the Community Shield for the first time under Klopp.

“It’s very important," he said. "We have played this ‘final’ a couple of times and it would be nice if we could win it. It’s the last domestic cup competition we didn’t win yet, so we will give it a try.”

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