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spanish plan Caoimhin Kelleher set to start for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp reveals quarantine plan


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with Caoimhin Kellehers(Jon Super/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with Caoimhin Kellehers(Jon Super/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with Caoimhin Kellehers(Jon Super/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that his Brazilian duo of Alisson Becker and Fabinho will fly straight to Madrid on their return from international duty, handing Ireland's Caoimhin Kelleher a chance to start in Saturday's Premier League game at Watford.

Alisson and Fabinho were involved in the Brazil squad that played in Manaus in the early hours of Friday morning (UK time), with Covid quarantine restrictions hampering plans to get the pair back in time for the game at Vicarage Road.

Liverpool have now decided to fly Alisson and Fabinho to Spain for their quarantine period and they will be available to play in Tuesday night's Champions League game against Atletico Madrid.

"Somebody decided to give Brazil the opportunity to play last night and then somebody made the decision for us to play on Saturday at 12:30. It's not in our hands," said Klopp.

"Atletico (Madrid) are not playing at the weekend and they are our next opponents in the Champions League.

"That would not happen here. We have known it for a while so we have decided that the boys would not be here and they would go straight to Madrid."

Kelleher will battle it out with Adrian to start the game against Watford, with the Irish youngster who started in last Tuesday's international against Qatar in Dublin expected to get the nod.

The only game Kelleher has played for Liverpool this season came in the Carabao Cup win at Norwich in September, but he confirmed earlier this week that he is now the first choice back up to Alisson for Klopp.

"Liverpool want me to stay, I’m number two this season, and it’s a good position to be in," said the 22-year-old.

"Hopefully, it’s a chance to play some games and the opportunity to play at a high level.

"It's different for everyone, different individuals, it's different journeys, the way my career is going is completely different, so I don't have any regrets, I am happy to do what I do and how it has turned out.

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"If I need to have a conversation about playing more games, I’ll have it. I’m in a good position where I am."

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