Why Alisson Becker could make Carabao Cup debut v Arsenal

ExplainedWhy Alisson Becker could make Carabao Cup debut v Arsenal

Published 12th January 2022
By Chris Shaw

Jürgen Klopp has explained why Alisson Becker may take over Carabao Cup goalkeeping duties for the first leg of the semi-final with Arsenal on Thursday.

The Brazil international has been absent for Liverpool’s past two fixtures due to a positive COVID-19 result, with Caoimhin Kelleher brought in to deputise.

And though the Carabao Cup remains ‘Caoimh’s competition’, the opening match of the last-four tie versus the Gunners could be used for Alisson to regain rhythm.

“Caoimh is the goalkeeper for this competition but there is a chance Ali will play tomorrow just because of the situation we were in,” said Klopp during his pre-match preview on Wednesday.

“I think he needs the game now. We will see how we decide it finally but there is a good chance that Ali will play tomorrow just because of the situation with COVID and everything, when he was out.

“We all need to make sure the boys have as much rhythm as they can get. So there’s a good chance Ali will start tomorrow. But the competition is actually Caoimh’s competition, that’s true.”

Published 12th January 2022