By Alan Hutton

7th Oct, 2020 | 8:00pm

Pundit Exclusive: Liverpool face 'Massive' problem after critical Alisson update

Alan Hutton claims that Liverpool have got a serious “problem” after Alisson was ruled out of action for up to six weeks through injury.

The former Tottenham and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the goalkeeper is a “massive part” of how the Reds play and that he would be sorely missed by the reigning Premier League champions.

Liverpool confirmed that the 28-year-old had picked up a shoulder injury in training and Jurgen Klopp revealed to the Independent he would likely be without the shot-stopper for as long as six weeks.

Adrian stepped in for the Brazilian keeper against Aston Villa on Sunday but ended up conceding seven goals in a shock 7-2 defeat to Dean Smith’s men.

Hutton believes that Alisson is just as important at Anfield as defensive talisman Virgil van Dijk and that his absence will seriously hurt Liverpool.

Hutton told Football Insider: “Looking at the Liverpool team from the outside, you would say missing the goalkeeper or van Dijk, they’re massive parts of what Liverpool want to do.

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“It’s massive shoes to fill and it’s a problem. Alisson’s a fantastic goalkeeper with his feet, shot-stopping, just all round so they’re massive shoes to fill.”

Alisson had kept one clean sheet in Liverpool’s opening three Premier League games of the season, although he did concede three goals to newly-promoted Leeds United.

He missed a total of eight league games through injury last term, all but one of which were as the result of a calf problem suffered on the opening day.

In other Liverpool news, Hutton claims Klopp needs one-on-one with senior star who’s “gone downhill rapidly”.