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Alisson Injury Could Represent Huge Opportunity For Irish Keeper Kelleher

MARBELLA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 13: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool during a training session on February 13, 2019 in Marbella, Spain. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

On Friday, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson hobbled off the pitch in their 4-1 opening day victory against Norwich City at Anfield.

The Brazilian appeared to suffer an injury to his calf towards the end of the first half and had to be assisted off the pitch as back-up goalkeeper Adrian made his first appearances for the Reds.

Following the game, manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Alisson had suffered a calf injury and that he would miss Wednesday’s Super Cup clash with Chelsea, however he outlined that the length of his absence was not yet known.

“It’s the calf and that’s it. He couldn’t carry on, that’s not a good sign. We have to see.

“Wednesday [in the Super Cup], he will not play – with all my experience, I can say that already. He is injured, for sure, so we have to see how much.

Although the injury is a huge blow for the European Champions, given Alisson’s exploits last season, it could represent a chance for 20-year old Irish goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher – should he be fit enough.

Kelleher is currently the third choice keeper at Anfield, but he suffered a wrist injury in July which required surgery and faces a race to return to full fitness.

The 20-year old is back training although Klopp outlined he still wasn’t “100% fit” and that they’ll have to “see how he reacts” before making a decision.

Kelleher was in the squad for Liverpool’s Champions League final win over Tottenham in June but he is still yet to be involved in his first senior competitive game for the club.

With Adrian starting, a spot is now open on the bench and with Kelleher likely to return to fitness soon and with the extent of Alisson’s injury still yet known, it could be a massive few weeks for the Irish keeper.

Klopp is clearly a fan of the Irish U21 international and singled him out for praise at his press conference on Thursday.

“He’s a really big talent and he has all the time in the world. The good thing is that good goalkeepers can play until 40 something so there is a lot to come from him, it will be exciting.”

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