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Caoimhin Kelleher accomplishes task ahead of Alisson Becker return

Caoimhin Kelleher may drop out for Alisson Becker before long. He’s accomplished his task for Liverpool, however.

It sounds as though Alisson Becker is nearly ready to take his place in goal at the expense of Caoimhin Kelleher. That’s according to Jurgen Klopp.

The Liverpool boss gave a quick update on the Brazilian and it’s nothing but good.

“Alisson will train today [Friday],” said Klopp, per the Echo. “And if he trains and all is fine then he can play.”

It appears that Alisson could face Fulham on Sunday, then. Now, that would mean Kelleher would need to drop out – but that’s no big deal.

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He’s already accomplished what he needed to do, after all.

Point proven

Kelleher was never fighting to be Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper. That would be quite ridiculous, in fact.

The Irishman is an inexperienced 22-year-old who made his Champions League and Premier League debuts over the last fortnight. Alisson is arguably the most goalkeeper on the planet.

Instead, Kelleher’s mission was to establish himself as Liverpool’s no.2 goalkeeper. And we believe he’s pulled that off quite brilliantly.

His competition is Adrian, of course, who didn’t cover himself in glory when he had spell in the side. Kelleher, then, needed to show that he was a reliable shot-stopper who could play with the ball at his feet.

And he’s looked really good in both regards. Few would ask for Adrian over him now.

So right now, with Alisson about to return, Kelleher is the second-choice goalkeeper at Liverpool. It took him three games to win that role although, in truth, he earned it after one.

He’s a better fit than Adrian and with far higher potential, given his age. The more games he gets, the better he’ll become – no doubt about that.

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And for a player already good enough, that’s the great thing about Kelleher. He’s certainly a player Liverpool should invest in.

As we’ve written before, being no.2 at Liverpool isn’t a bad position, either. Alisson’s injury record suggests we’ll see quite a bit more of Kelleher and for the first-time in a while, it appears we can rest easy at the prospect of Alisson being out.

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