Irish goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher could be set to make his first Liverpool start this weekend, after Jurgen Klopp revealed an injury to current first choice Adrian.
Kelleher has yet to make his competitive debut for the Reds, but with Alisson out for the next few weeks and Adrian a doubt for Saturday’s clash with Southampton, the 20-year old could be in line for a start.
Adrian was the hero in Liverpool’s Super Cup victory over Chelsea on Wednesday saving Tammy Abraham’s penalty in the shootout but Klopp revealed that the goalkeeper suffered a bizarre injury in the celebrations.
“A supporter jumped over something, was chased by some security guys, slipped and kicked his ankle. It’s crazy.
“Yesterday it was swollen, today I spoke to him he said ‘it’s much better than yesterday’ but we have to see. Apart from that it was a brilliant night for him, not only because of the penalty but also because of the game.”
A video shared on Twitter appears to show how the injury occurred with a supporter running onto the pitch and colliding with a number of Liverpool players in the celebrations.
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If Adrian does not win the race to be fit then it will be between Kelleher and former Irish U16 international Andy Lonergan who recently signed a short-term contract as cover in the goalkeeping position.
Klopp also outlined however that he would not be afraid to call the Irish U21 international up, explaining that he is a player the club is excited about.
“Yes. If we have to make a decision, then we make a decision,” the Liverpool boss said. “Caomhin is a boy we are all excited about.
“He’s now in training, but not 100 per cent yet. He has to be in training today, then we will see.”
Kelleher, who was included in the squad for the Champions League final victory over Tottenham in June will also likely find himself involved in Mick McCarthy’s provisional Irish squad ahead of their games against Switzerland and Bulgaria.