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Alisson absence explained as Kelleher starts for Liverpool vs Ajax

Liverpool have turned to Irish youngster Caoimhin Kelleher to start against Ajax in the Champions League after Alisson was ruled out with a hamstring issue.

Kelleher will make his European debut for the Reds at Anfield, with Adrian – usually considered to be Alisson’s deputy – left on the bench.

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Alisson faces around 10-14 days on the sidelines with the issue, ruling him out of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Wolves.

“Alisson doesn’t have COVID,” said Klopp.

“He told us after the [Brighton] game he felt it after 60-70 minutes, his hamstring. He’s had a scan, a little one, but enough for today and probably another week.”

Adrian had replaced Alisson when the Brazilian was out earlier this season, but the former West Ham goalkeeper suffered a nightmare in Liverpool’s 7-2 defeat at Aston Villa.

He then stayed in the side for the 2-2 draw at Everton, and kept a clean sheet as the Reds beat Ajax 1-0 in their opening Champions League game of the season.

Kelleher will make his European debut for the Reds

Alisson then returned to the side as he came back from injury, but Kelleher has now taken over the gloves.

The 22-year-old played four times for the Reds last season, with all of his appearances coming in the domestic cups.

He appeared against MK Dons, Arsenal and Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup, as well as Shrewsbury in the FA Cup.

Alisson is out with a leg muscle injury

Kelleher – who is a Republic of Ireland under-21 international – kept clean sheets against both MK Dons and Shrewsbury, and saved a penalty from Dani Ceballos in the shootout victory against Arsenal after a 5-5 draw.

He also conceded five goals in the appearance against Villa, although that match saw Liverpool field a youth side as the seniors were away at the Club World Cup.

Liverpool XI: Kelleher; N Williams, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Jones; Salah, Mane, Jota.

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