Jurgen Klopp is expected to rotate his squad ahead of the midweek clash with Milton Keynes Dons. Liverpool travel to Stadium:MK on Wednesday to take on the League One side in the EFL Cup.
This is a chance for Klopp to rest some of his senior players and take a look at some fringe players and youngsters. In this game, Klopp should give Caoimhin Kelleher his debut. Here is why.
Liverpool’s goalkeeper situation
With Alisson Becker out injured, Liverpool are without their world-class goalkeeper. In the Brazilian’s absence, Adrian has deputised well. The Spaniard has produced some fine performances and looks like a shrewd purchase on a free transfer.
But after Adrian, Klopp is left with a choice between experienced stopper Andy Lonergan or academy goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher. Loris Karius and Kamil Grabara are out on loan so the battle is between Lonergan and Kelleher if Adrian will be rested on Wednesday night.
Kelleher is the prudent choice
It makes more sense for Klopp to select Kelleher over Lonergan. Kelleher is an academy product at Liverpool and he has earned his chance with some impressive performances in the academy.
The 20-year-old is the prudent choice because he is potentially a Liverpool number one in the future. Lonergan, however, is just providing short-term cover. The 35-year-old does not need the games to develop like Kelleher does so this is a straightforward selection for Klopp.
Future fight between Kelleher and Grabara?
Liverpool’s two young goalkeepers – Grabara and Kelleher – could find themselves fighting for the number one spot in the future. But while Grabara is gaining vital first-team experience on loan at Huddersfield Town, Kelleher is yet to make his senior debut.
Every minute Kelleher plays in professional football at this age will aid his development. With Adrian taking Alisson’s spot in the Premier League and the Champions League, the EFL Cup is the ideal chance for Kelleher to start his career.