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Klopp Talk: “There’s a Chance” Alisson Starts First Leg of Carabao Cup Semi-Final

It wasn’t the plan, but Klopp’s hands may be tied here.

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Speaking to reporters ahead of Leg 1 of Liverpool FC’s Carabao Cup Semi-Final against Arsenal, Jürgen Klopp talked about his likely choice to go with Alisson Becker expected to start instead of Caoimhin Kelleher.

Kelleher, Liverpool’s second choice stopper, had started the previous two games in the competition and had been expected to start the semi-final as well. However, the jumbled up schedule as a result of the fallout from Liverpool’s postponed fixture last week and his own recent absence means Alisson could use the minutes.

“Caoimhin is the goalkeeper for this competition but there’s a chance Ali will play [on Thursday] just because of the situation we were in,” Klopp said “I think he needs a game now. We will see how we decide but it is a good chance Ali will play.

“Because of the situation because of Covid and when he was out, we all need to make sure the boys have as much rhythm as they can get and so there’s a good chance Ali will start tomorrow, but the competition actually is Caoimhin’s competition.”

Expect to see Ali in goal against Arsenal and Brentford, with Caoimhin coming back into goal for the second leg of the semi-final at the Emirates next week.