Liverpool FC goalkeeper Alisson Becker has attributed his speedy return from injury to a mixture of physio treatment and the power of prayer.
The 28-year-old Brazilian, who helped lead Liverpool to their first Premier League title last year, was told by doctors that he would be out of action for six weeks following a freak training ground incident that resulted in damaged shoulder ligaments.
However, Alisson shocked fans and players when he provided Jürgen Klopp’s side with a major boost as he returned in half the time, featuring in the current champions’ starting line-up against Sheffield United on Saturday 24th October. He played the full game, which Liverpool won 2-1, and went on to feature in the club’s Champions League fixture against FC Midtjylland just days later, on Tuesday 27th October, earning a clean sheet as his side emerged victorious, winning 2-0.
Opening up about his quick recovery, Alisson attributed much of it to his Catholic faith.
“I pray a lot! Seriously, I pray a lot,” he said.
“I also did a lot of sessions of treatment,” the keeper added. “I was every day for five or six hours in the club doing treatment with the physios, working with the fitness department. After two weeks, being together with the goalie coaches already, doing some catches, not diving yet. After two-and-a-half weeks I started to dive and then, three days before the match, I started to work hard with hard shooting, hard kicks, hard catches, diving, full-range diving.
“On Friday, I gave the green light to the boss. I believe in my faith and obviously working hard helps me in this fast recovery.”
Picture: Alisson Becker. (Oleg Bkhambri (Voltmetro)/Wikipedia).