Caoimhin Kelleher will be given the chance to impress for Liverpool when he deputizes for the injured Alisson Becker in the upcoming games.
The Reds’ first-choice goalkeeper injured a hamstring in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Premier League rivals Manchester City, requiring treatment before coming on and limping off at the full-time whistle.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed after the scan that the problem was not as serious as first feared but was still “bad enough”, with Alisson set to be ruled out for Thursday’s Europa League visit of LASK and Sunday’s top-flight meeting with Fulham.
Alisson also looks likely to sit out next week’s games against Sheffield United and Crystal Palace, but could be in a position to return for the final Europa League group game against Union SG on December 14 or in the top flight against fierce rivals Manchester United three. days later.
Liverpool also saw Diogo Jota limp off early in the second half against City with a muscle problem more serious than Alisson’s as he faces a longer spell in hospital, joining Andy Robertson, Thiago Alcantara and Stefan Bajcetic – none of whom we expect to return to event before the New Year.
“It’s a bit smaller with Alisson, so we’ll see,” Klopp said on Wednesday.
“He won’t play tomorrow or Sunday, probably not next week, then he could be fine, but Diogo will take a bit longer.”
Predicted Liverpool XI (4-3-3):
Kelleher; Gomez, Konate, Quansah, Tsimikas; Endo, Gravenberch, Elliott; Doak, Gakpo, Diaz