Alisson Becker has revealed he returned from injury for Liverpool in half the time doctors predicted after starting in the win over Sheffield United on Saturday night.
The Brazilian had been out with a shoulder injury, damaging ligaments in training, which kept him sidelined for three weeks and saw him miss four games in all competitions.
Liverpool won just one of those four games so were delighted to welcome him back in the clash with the Blades at the weekend, a game they won 2-1.
Alisson was expected to be out for at least another week and possibly twice as long as he was actually unavailable for, but he pushed hard for an early return.
Not only did the 28-year-old put in the hours in training and in the gym, but he believes his Christian faith helped him with his speedy recovery.
‘I pray a lot,’ Alisson told the Daily Mail. ‘Seriously, I pray a lot! Also I did a lot of sessions of treatment. I was every day for five or six hours at the club, getting treatment with the physios; working with the fitness department and after two weeks, I was able to be together with the goalie coaches again.
‘I believe my faith and working hard helps me in this fast recovery.
‘It is good to be back and I’m really happy. I try to give my best and I have the top physios on my side, helping me to accelerate the recovery weeks. I’m glad it was only three weeks but it felt like three months.
‘As soon as the doctor said it was going to be four to six weeks, I said: ‘No Doc – we go to two-three weeks maximum.’ He agreed with me and we decided to go for it. I just want to thank the physios, the fitness staff, the doctors and the goalie coaches who help me.’
Alisson couldn’t keep a clean sheet on his return, with Sander Berge scoring a penalty, but Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota secured the three points for the Reds.
The Brazil international will be back between the sticks on Tuesday night as Liverpool continue their Champions League campaign at home to FC Midtjylland.