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Alisson Becker could be fit for Liverpool against Fulham this weekend reports James Pearce

At the rate Caiomihin Kelleher is going at, he will seriously provide competition for the number one spot for Alisson. This was years in the making, but now Liverpool has competition for each and every spot in the team now.

Liverpool is in able hands as evidenced by Caiomihin Kelleher who has kept two clean sheets against two freely attacking teams of Europe

Alisson picked up a minor hamstring injury that kept him out for a week for Liverpool. He missed the matches against Ajax and Wolves and is expected to return for the match against Fulham. Caiomihin Kelleher has ably deputised in his place and kept two clean sheets in two matches, ensuring that Liverpool has a new No.2 to depend on.

The Irish ‘keeper from Cork has exceeded expectations

Liverpool fans feared the worst when it was announced that Alisson had sustained a hamstring injury. Hamstring injuries can keep players out usually for 2-4 weeks. Alisson was expected to miss 10-14 days due to that injury and Liverpool fans were afraid since topping their Champions League group was at risk. Fans were even more surprised when Irish goalkeeper Caiomihin Kelleher was announced to be the keeper against Ajax.

The young goalkeeper wasn’t exactly known for his saves as he had conceded 16 goals in three matches before. However fans did agree that anyone was better than Adrian as a back-up keeper and they were right as Kelleher staked his claim for Liverpool’s No.2 spot. He put in a calm and commanding performance against Ajax and made his defenders be at ease throughout the match. He made a jaw-dropping point blank save that was reminiscent of Alisson’s last minute save against Arkadiusz Milik against Napoli.

Again against Wolves he played calmly and commanded his penalty box with determined resolve. He scrambled backwards quickly to keep out Daniel Podence’s chip which was highly commendable. In these two games he has played, he didn’t put a wrong step and as its consequence, the Liverpool defence have also not been put under undue pressure. Fabinho bailed him out only once when Conor Coady was through on goal and other than that he has been strong in the back.

He will be expected to play the next two games against Midtjylland and Fulham in order to rest Alisson and not rush him in. With qualification assured in the Champions League and the front three firing in goals at will for Liverpool, Kelleher will assume spotlight in the coming weeks too.

Also read: Talking points from the match of Liverpool v Wolves