CORK-born goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher could be in line to start in the Premier League for Liverpool this weekend after the European Super Cup winner’s Spanish stopper Adrian suffered a freak injury.
Kelleher (20) has just returned from a wrist injury himself but Adrian suffered an ankle problem after a pitch invader jumped on him during celebrations for Liverpool’s penalty shootout victory over Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday.
Former Ringmahon Rangers schoolboy Kelleher will now face competition for a starting place away at Southampton on Saturday from emergency signing Andy Lonergan.
The Kop’s first-choice keeper Brazilian Alisson is out for a few weeks.
Kelleher is highly-rated by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
He said recently: “I could say a lot about him but it’s not so important, if you ask the players then they all like Caoimhín,” said Klopp.
“If you are number three [goalkeeper] in a big club and you have any situation in training where you have five or six men to rely on you, they are really happy with Caoimhín’s performances.
“He is a really big talent and he has all the time in the world. The good thing is that good goalkeepers can play, I don’t know, until 40-something so there is a lot to come from him and it will be exciting.”