Liverpool were boosted by the news this week that Alisson has returned to first-team training following a brief period out injured, but Jurgen Klopp should keep faith in young Caoimhin Kelleher for the game against Fulham on Sunday.
The Brazilian has missed the last three games in all competitions, with the 22-year-old shot-stopper deputising extremely well and showing that he can be a reliable back up to the former Roma man in goal.
Kelleher kept clean sheets against Ajax and Wolves respectively, before the Reds’ 1-1 draw against FC Midtjylland in midweek, which is an excellent return for the Irish ‘keeper.
Whilst Klopp might be tempted to restore Alisson to his starting line up for Liverpool’s trip to Craven Cottage on Sunday, the German manager should have one eye on next Wednesday’s clash against Tottenham Hotspur, where he will surely want to have his world-class goalkeeper between the sticks.
Therefore, he should keep faith in Kelleher for the game against Fulham on Sunday, as it would be unwise to throw the Brazilian straight back into the starting XI if he has only just recovered from injury.
Following the win against Wolves recently, Klopp was full of praise for the young goalkeeper, saying:
“Yes, goalkeepers are all about saves, of course, and it was brilliant, and apart from that, it’s about contributions, what can he bring, involved in the game, and that makes him a really special talent because he is really calm on the ball, his personality is very calm, and technically he is outstanding with his feet.”
Therefore, he clearly trusts Kelleher to do a job in his first-team, and whilst he is not yet at Alisson’s level, giving him more Premier League experience in games against the likes of Fulham, where the Reds are expected to win, is only going to make him better.
It also ensures that the £72m-rated Brazilian isn’t rushed back too quickly after his spell on the sidelines, and he will therefore be more likely to be fully fit for the game against Spurs on Wednesday.