Liverpool face goalkeeper injury ‘crisis’ ahead of Manchester City game

Liverpool face off against Manchester City on Saturday in their first game of the new season.

The FA Cup winners face the Premier League winners in the season’s annual curtain raiser, in a repeat of the 2019 final.

The Reds come into the game off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Austrian champions RB Salzburg and with injury issues over their top two goalkeepers.

Alisson Becker and Caoimhín Kelleher are both injured and it could see third-choice Adrian start against the reigning PL champions.

Latest on goalkeeping injuries

Liverpool’s number one keeper Alisson has missed the last two pre-season games against Leipzig and Salzburg due to an abdominal issue.

The Brazilian was left out of the Salzburg game as a precaution and could return this Saturday, but it isn’t confirmed with the PL starting next weekend.

Klopp spoke about his potential return ahead of the Salzburg game earlier this week: “From the boys who are injured but are here, Ali is the closest – definitely not for Salzburg but then we will see. He is close to get back I think.”

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Back-up to Alisson is Kelleher, who has been ruled out of any action, at least for the time being.

The 23-year-old has impressed as Liverpool’s number two featuring eight times last season and keeping four clean sheets.

Klopp revealed he isn’t available for selection: “They [Ramsay and Kelleher] will join the group, of course. No doubt about that. The timeframe, I don’t know exactly.” 

Predicted XI for Manchester City

Liverpool also face injury concerns with Kostas Tsimikas, Diogo Jota, Calvin Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of Saturday.

It’s likely we will see a strong line-up in the final including a first-choice defence and attack with star signing Darwin Nunez up front.

There is the potential of one of Harvey Elliot or Fabio Carvalho to start in midfield, but it could be either one after both enjoying plenty of minutes in pre-season.

Expect a strong line-up from both teams with the start of the Premier League only a week away.

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