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Fever Mounts Ahead Of Liverpool Vs Arsenal In Carabao Cup

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Caoimhin Kelleher is in line to start Liverpool's Carabao Cup fourth-round tie with Arsenal on Wednesday, but the Reds will continue to be without Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Kelleher made his competitive senior debut in last month's victory at Milton Keynes Dons in the previous stage of the competition, with Pepijn Lijnders revealing the goalkeeper is set to keep his place in the side.

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Lijnders told Liverpoolfc.com: "In this League Cup, it is Caoimhin's competition. As I said before the MK Dons game, with youth development, with these moments when they are in between the U23s and the first team, consistency is very important."

Liverpool will continue to take a cautious approach with Matip's knee injury, while a calf issue will see Shaqiri remain sidelined until next month. 

"Shaq will only be back after the international break," the assistant manager added.  

"We want to give him the time. With a calf injury it is always very high risk, especially with his calves.

"Joel's knee is still irritated – we need to give him time. I don't know the exact time he will need but it will really need time to heal."

 

Mohamed Salah, however, is 'fine' according to Lijnders, despite the Egyptian being withdrawn late on in Sunday's win over Tottenham Hotspur. 

Aside from long-term absentee Nathaniel Clyne, the Reds have no other injury concerns, although Ki-Jana Hoever is away with the Netherlands at the FIFA U17 World Cup.

Lijnders also indicated Liverpool will field a "hungry and fresh" line-up against Arsenal, with Harvey Elliott part of the squad.

(Courtesy liverpoolfc.com)