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Friday 13 December 2019

Kelleher is on Red alert

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Caoimhín Kelleher
Caoimhín Kelleher

Cork lad Caoimhín Kelleher could be handed his Premier League debut today in the Liverpool shirt.

And Reds boss Jurgen Klopp says the U21 cap is in his thoughts for the problem goalkeeping position as another injury crisis hit the Anfield club.

Already without No 1 Alisson, back-up keeper Adrian suffered an ankle injury when he was hit by a spectator celebrating Wednesday's Super Cup win in Turkey.

Veteran Andy Lonergan, a former Ireland U16 cap, is vying with Kelleher if Adrian is not fit but Klopp, who named Kelleher on the bench for the Champions League and Super Cup wins, says that the Irish lad is in his thoughts after he recovered from injury

"Caoimhín Kelleher is now in training, so if we have to make a decision then we have to make a decision," Klopp said.

"Adrian came in a week before, Andy Lonergan trained longer with us.

"Caoimhín, who we all are completely excited about, a young boy with the potential he has and stuff like that, was not in training for a while, but is now in training - not 100 per cent training, but nearly 100 per cent. He has to be in training, we will see and then we will make a decision."

If he plays at Southampton, Kelleher would be the first Irishman to play for the Reds since Robbie Keane in 2009.

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