Alisson says Virgil van Dijk will certainly be a big miss for Liverpool, but admits Fabinho has deputised well for the injured Dutchman at centre-back.
The Reds talisman is set to be sidelined for the majority of the season after suffering a serious knee ligament injury in the Merseyside derby.
Fabinho – who is a deep-lying midfielder by trade – has been tasked with filling in at centre-back in Van Dijk’s absence.
The Brazilian produced a solid display in the 1-0 win over Ajax last week, but conceded a controversial penalty in Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Sheffield United, as the VAR adjudged that he had fouled Oli McBurnie in the box, overruling referee Mike Dean’s original decision to give a free-kick.
However, Alisson has been impressed by Fabinho’s outings at centre-half, and admitted his side must not change their style of play just because Van Dijk is out.
‘Fab is a fantastic player, he is doing really well as a centre-back,’ Alisson said.
‘We will miss Virgil a lot, we can’t deny that. But we have the players we need to keep playing our way and to keep doing our best.
‘We don’t need to change the way we play, but we will miss him. He is one of the best players in the world and when you don’t have those players on the pitch, you will miss them. That’s a fact.’
The goalkeeper revealed that upon hearing his initial diagnosis, he urged the Liverpool physios to rush him back to action as quick as possible.
‘It’s good to be back, first of all,’ The Brazilian added. ‘I’m really happy. I tried to give my best and I have the top physios on my side, helping me as well to accelerate the recovery process.
‘As soon as the doctor said it was four to six weeks, I told him, “No, Doc, we go to two or three weeks maximum”.
‘He agreed with me and then we just go for it. I’m really happy to be back. I just want to thank the physios, the fitness staff, the doctors and the goalie coaches who helped me on this process.’