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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that, barring late news, Caoimhin Kelleher will be the starting goalkeeper against Wolves.
The Reds He will host Nuno Espirito Santo’s men at Anfield on Sunday with a new dilemma between the suits.
Alisson Becker is out with a slight hamstring strain, with Adrian and Kelleher scrambling to start. On TuesdayKlopp made, as he put it, the “big decision” to start the last one.
However, the 22-year-old put up an excellent performance on his Champions League debut. As such, his coach has confirmed that he trusts him to continue in the same way in the Premier League.
“There are not many reasons that I could mention at this time to say that [Kelleher] he won’t start against the Wolves, ”Klopp said at his pregame press conference.
“But there is training in between, he has to keep fit, we have sessions, all these kinds of things.
“But he has done enough to convince me. He did it a few years ago, but sometimes you have to wait for the right moment and it came on Tuesday.
“But he has done enough to convince me, but he already did a few years ago.”
The decision meant that Adrian, who has proven to be Klopp’s regular player in Alisson’s absence, was left on the bench.
But Klopp told reporters (via the Echo of Liverpool) that critics should not discount Spanish. He also revealed how the 33 year old reacted to Kelleher’s unlikely promotion.
Adrian’s response to Liverpool snub
“In life we have to prove things. Unfortunately, that is so. ” manager said.
“Caoimh is an exceptionally talented goalkeeper. But for the goalkeepers it is very difficult because they have to wait. You can be exceptional and have to wait for an opportunity because there is only one goalkeeper on the field.
“If a goalkeeper plays for 10 years in a row, it can be quite difficult. You can be goalkeeper number two and no one can see [how good you are].
“Now he has his chance and he has convinced everyone. He didn’t have to convince us, obviously we thought it would be like that, but he convinced everyone and that’s good.
But Adrian doesn’t deserve to just dismiss it now. There is no reason for it.
“It is important to Caoimh in an exceptional way. After getting the information, he didn’t want to start, it was amazing and I have a lot of respect for that. I expected it, actually, but I have a lot of respect for him. “
In another part of his press conference, Klopp confirmed a plan for a long-term injured absentee.