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Alisson Becker

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he will be without his first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker for this weekend's Premier League game against Bournemouth and next Wednesday's Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid.

Alisson was absent from Liverpool's FA Cup defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last Tuesday.

It has now emerged that the decision to leave him out of the side was forced on Klopp, as he confirmed the Brazilian is set for a spell on the sidelines.

"Unfortunately Ali is out," said Klopp. "Muscle injury, slight, in the hip region. That's the situation.

"He had a little incident in training before the Chelsea game. We all thought it was nothing and it was clear he would not play anyway, the plan was he was on the bench.

"There, we thought, 'Come on, we don't have to take any risks' so we left him out of the squad. He had a scan the next day and they found something. So now he is out. We will see next week for sure.

Klopp confirmed that his captain Jordan Henderson is in contention to play in the Atletico Madrid tie next week, as Liverpool look to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit to continue their defence of the Champions League.

But he insisted the focus on their European ambitions have been put on hold as they look to end a two-game losing run against Bournemouth on Saturday.

"Winning gives you confidence, losing costs you confidence, so that's completely normal that you start thinking about things," he added.

"One defeat feels like two defeats, so it's not a massive difference, It's just how you get back on track immediately - the results track, if you want.

"We have to work really hard and we have to fight back. It will always be like this and it will never be different and that's what we have to do on Saturday as a unit with our supporters and not just waiting for the perfect moment.

"Bournemouth are always dangerous around set-pieces, so we need to be spot on there.

"Also, we need to do everything right to be wary of their counter-attacking threat.

"The challenge is not any different than if we had won all of our last few games. We have to fight now, that is what we want to show.

"Everyone needs to have the right mindset now and it is about the reaction.

"It is not about records. It's about winning the next football match. We don't think about Atletico Madrid now as Bournemouth is the only focus."