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Report: Caoimhin Kelleher expected to return to action next week

Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is expected to make a return to action in around a week’s time, according to reports.

This comes from The Athletic. They say that the Republic of Ireland international is set to be sidelined for another week.

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Kelleher, 22, was expected to start for Liverpool against Sheffield United, with No.1 goalkeeper Alisson Becker unavailable for compassionate reasons.

However, the Liverpool academy graduate was unable to make the trip to Bramall Lane as a result of injury.

Instead, Adrian deputised in Alisson’s absence, with the Spaniard making his first Premier League appearence since October.

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The former West Ham star hasn’t played in England’s top-flight since the 2-2 draw with Everton at Goodison Park, but put in a solid display to register Liverpool’s first league clean sheet of 2021.

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Who will feature against Chelsea?

Adrian, then, could be drafted back in to play against Chelsea on Thursday if Alisson is still unable to be involved.

Although Kelleher’s injury isn’t expected to be serious, he will be on the sidelines for at least another week.

The English champions are due to face Thomas Tuchel’s rejuvenated Blues on Thursday, which could have major implications on who finishes in the top-four.

Liverpool could also be expected to benefit from the long-awaited returns of Fabinho and Diogo Jota.

Both players missed Sunday’s morale-boosting victory, although Klopp did say at full-time that he expects to have the Reds duo back for Chelsea.

“Ali and Fabinho pretty sure [for Thursday],” Klopp said per the club’s official website. “We had to send Diogo home [from the hotel] so depends how he recovers. He trained with the team this week and looked really good. I think he will be available.”

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