Jurgen Klopp reveals who will start in goal in League Cup Final

Jurgen Klopp has revealed some team news for the final which is in February.

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Liverpool have reached another League Cup final after they drew 1-1 with Fulham in the second leg to win the tie overall 3-2 on aggregate.

Luis Diaz scored the opening goal of the game in the opening ten minutes to extend the lead on aggregate and put Liverpool in control of the game as they limited Fulham to very few chances.

In the second half the home side came at Liverpool much more as they knew it was now or never and they came very close as Andreas Pereira hit the post from a tight angle.

They did force their way back in the game as Issa Diop diverted a cross from the left side past Caoimhin Kelleher and the crowd were rallying on their side.

However, Jurgen Klopp reacted well and brought on Ibrahima Konate to play alongside Jarell Quansah and Virgil Van Dijk as Liverpool saw out the game to make sure they got to another final under the German coach.

Caoimhin Kelleher got the nod again as Klopp has in the past made it very clear that the Republic of Ireland international is his Carabao Cup goalkeeper.

Jurgen Klopp gives answer on whether Caoimhin Kelleher will start in final

Back in 2022 when Liverpool got to the Carabao Cup final Klopp persisted with Kelleher as Alisson Becker sat on the bench.

He was asked whether that would be the scenario again and he said: “Caoimhin is a top, top goalkeeper. I want to desperately give him opportunities to play, he deserves it.”

Kelleher was pivotal in the last final as he kept a clean sheet and he also scored a penalty in the dramatic shootout so Klopp will hope he can have yet another strong performance at Wembley.

So far during the Carabao Cup campaign Kelleher has played in every single game so it makes sense that Klopp is carrying on to show faith in the 25-year-old who has shown his quality on numerous occasions.

He made some vitla interventions in the second leg against Fulham and when the pressure was on Liverpool in the latter stages he showed agility to parry some difficult shots away whilst also coming to collect crosses.

So far during this season Kelleher has played 12 games in all competitions as he had to step in for Alisson Becker in three Premier League games due to an injury whilst he has been given all of the Europa League group stage matches when he has been fit.

He has kept two clean sheets so far and his form has meant that some sides in the Premier League are keeping an eye on him after showing interest back in the summer.

Scottish giants Celtic are also another team who are watching him so a big performance in the final will only mean more teams across Europe will be possibly enquiring about him if he wants to go and be a first choice elsewhere.

However Klopp would certainly miss him as he has been a trustworthy deputy to Alisson for a few years now and is yet again this season showing his worth to The Reds.

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