Liverpool prepares to host Leicester City at Anfield tonight in the Carabao Cup, Jurgen Klopp’s team is looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
After starting the new season with a 1-1 draw against Chelsea, Liverpool defeated Bournemouth, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Wolves and West Ham to leave them in second place in the Premier League. They also started their Europa League campaign last week with a 3-1 win over Austrian side LASK.
Ahead of the Carabao Cup clash with Leicester, Klopp’s assistant Pepijn Lijnders spoke to the press and provided an update on Trent Alexander-Arnold’s fitness. He was full of praise for reserve goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, who is expected to play tonight. However, Liverpool are likely to suffer a major blow with a manager tipped to replace Klopp, who is currently preparing for another big job. Here, Mirror Football brings together all the latest news from Liverpool.
After being sidelined with a hamstring injury in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa earlier this month, Alexander-Arnold is close to returning to action after missing three matches.
“Trent trained with us yesterday, but it was only at the rondo level and controlling the ball on the counter, but he was excellent,” Lijnders told reporters. “Of course you see it immediately. “He is training with the whole team, I am not sure if he is ready or not, we will see today. But if we talk about Trent, we have to praise Joe Gomez for the way he played. role, played the role in his own way, but to be able to participate, it was amazing.
Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has been ‘chosen’ by Real Madrid to replace current coach Carlo Ancelotti next season, according to Radio Marca.
Alonso has developed a reputation as one of Europe’s most exciting new managers after impressing at Bayer Leverkusen, who are currently second in the Bundesliga after an unbeaten start to the season. As a result, it has been suggested that he could one day succeed Klopp at Anfield.
However, it seems he is now preparing to take charge of another of his former clubs. Ancelotti is expected to leave Madrid at the end of the season and become Brazil’s new coach, paving the way for Alonso to potentially replace him.
As Liverpool’s back-up goalkeeper behind Alisson, Kelleher is expected to leave Liverpool this summer in search of more regular playing time, with national team coach Stephen Kenny even claiming that he “fully expected” this. move.
However, no transfer has come to fruition and Red Devils assistant Lijnders hopes ‘world class’ Kelleher will stay at Anfield ‘for a long time’. Lijnders said:
“Caoimh Kelleher has a long-term contract, for me he can play in any team in the Premier League, he is just a world-class goalkeeper and we congratulate Alisson for this role.
“I mean it, with all the talent the players have, they can really learn from each other and combine. It used to be a talent but it’s not a [young] talent anymore, it’s just a world-class goalkeeper. We are happy they are with us and I hope it continues like this for a long time.”