All Irish eyes will be on Caoimhin Kelleher for Liverpool's Carabao Cup game at MK Dons tonight but the Reds No 1 Alisson Becker feels he is "nearly there" as he continues his recovery from the calf injury he sustained on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Alisson has been out of action since coming off in the 39th minute of the 4-1 win over Norwich at Anfield on 9 August.

The 26-year-old Brazil international, who was named men's goalkeeper of the year at the Best FIFA Football awards on Monday, has moved from sessions in the gym to training outside.

His injury opened the door for Adrian, who has largely impressed in the Merseysider's excellent start to the campaign.

Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Kelleher has been elevated to the club's back-up stopper, and though he's stayed on the bench for all of Liverpool's games since Alisson's injury, he should get the nod to start this evening's game.

It's a rare chance to shine for Kelleher, and opportunities may become even less frequent when Alisson returns.

"I'm on a good way, I think we are nearly there," said the Brazilian.

"I can go outside to the pitch to do some goalkeeper work and I feel very well. I feel confident and I think now it's just about getting all my power, all my confidence to come back and do what I love to do."

He added: "It's massive (being fit enough to work outdoors again) because if I look back, two weeks ago I couldn't even walk properly. Now I'm running, jumping on my right leg that was injured so I'm really happy for that.

"It's great. When you are a player you want to have the contact with the ball, with the guys on the pitch, the routine of training. It's what I love to do.

"The games, the atmosphere at Anfield, the away games, all games when I watch on the TV, I just think how I want to play, I want to be there, I want to help my team-mates. I'm looking forward (to being back), I can't wait any more!"

Adrian, who only joined Liverpool four days before the Norwich game, replaced Alisson in that match, and has subsequently helped them win the Super Cup - making a save in the penalty shoot-out that sealed the triumph - and claim victory in each of their Premier League games.

Alisson said: "I think the boys are doing very well, all the team (and) Adrian especially.

"He's a special guy who came late in the season, he just came and shows everyone his value, not just as a player but as a person and that is the more important thing.

"He is doing very well on the pitch. I have peace to recover in a proper way so it's better for everyone."