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Caoimhín Kelleher In Line To Make First Premier League Start Of The Season For Liverpool

Caoimhín Kelleher In Line To Make First Premier League Start Of The Season For Liverpool

Ireland international Caoimhín Kelleher will have a chance to make his first Premier League start of the season this weekend for Liverpool, as they travel to Elland Road to play Leeds.

Kelleher could feature for the Reds as Allison Becker looks unable to play after his spell on international duty with Brazil in recent days.

According to the Times in England, English clubs including Liverpool and Manchester City have been informed by FIFA that they will be unable to select their Brazilian players after they were banned from international duty by their clubs.

While Allison's mooted unavailability would come as a blow to Jurgen Klopp's side, it would give Kelleher a chance to prove his worth again.

The Cork native made two Premier League starts for Liverpool last season as he battled with Adrian for the role of Liverpool's back-up keeper.

He picked up a clean sheet at home to Wolves in a 4-0 win. The Corkman was, however, unable to help Liverpool avoid a 1-0 defeat at home to Brighton.

Caoimhin Kelleher In Line To Make His First Premier League Start Of The Season

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According to Goal.com, the five-day ban would last from September 10-14, which means Allison would be available for selection for Liverpool's Champions League fixture against AC Milan.

They also report that the Premier League will take a 'dim view' of this decision by the Brazilian FA so this might not be the last we hear on this matter.

This development comes shortly after Stephen Kenny confirmed that Kelleher is still in his plans in the Ireland set-up.

Gavin Bazunu has established as first-choice with Ireland after another Man of the Match performance last night. But Kenny admits that he sees a future in green for Kelleher.

He did stress, however, that Kelleher needs gametime to do so.

"It's a very tight decision because I really rank Caoimhín Kelleher so high," Kenny said.

"Caoimhín is an exceptional goalkeeper, it's just that he hasn't been playing.

He would have started in March but was injured. Gavin came in in the end and has stayed in on merit, he hasn't put a foot wrong really.

It was only the pass in Portugal, but he retrieved and that had the character to save the penalty. It was an outstanding save.

Caomhín is a real talent as well and Mark Travers is doing well at Bournemouth.

We have two games coming up against Azerbaijan and Qatar next month. Caomhín could feature against Qatar.

They are two good prospects and it's good to see them doing well.

Exciting times await Kelleher, this weekend at least, we hope.

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