Liverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders has confirmed that the Republic of Ireland's Caoimhin Kelleher could make his debut for the club in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup third-round tie at MK Dons.

Liverpool's starting line-up is expected to feature a considerable number of changes from Sunday's 2-1 Premier League win at Chelsea and there could be debuts for a number of youngsters, including the Cork native.

Kelleher has been on the bench for the Reds in recent weeks as Adrian has deputised for first-choice goalkeeper Alisson.

Lijnders, speaking to the official club website, said: "He was a little bit unlucky in pre-season, otherwise he would have played already more games.

"He’s a talented goalie and with all talented boys it’s about in the right moments giving the right opportunities in the contact stuff, when they are with the senior players around, when there is something at stake.

"That can really give them the next step and the confidence to grow."

Rhian Brewster is another exciting prospect that Liverpool could unleash, with Lijnders saying of the highly touted 19-year-old: "That he is already on the bench away at Chelsea, for me, is massive. It makes us all proud. If he does start or doesn't start (on Wednesday), he is a player who is every time more ready.

"He had a long injury, it was not that easy for him. But he has goals in him, he has technique, good physically.

"He is a complete striker, a typical nine who can come first post, score with his head, turn in the box, play one on one, can score a scruffy goal, unbelievable shot. And a good boy. But let's see."

Kelleher aside, Irish interest in the English League Cup could be piqued by potential appearances for fellow underage stars Troy Parrott of Tottenham and Brighton’s Aaron Connolly. 

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