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Klopp Talk: Kelleher an “Exceptional” Goalkeeper

The Irishman will start for Liverpool while Alisson is absent through injury

Caoimhín Kelleher of Liverpool during the UEFA Europa League match between Liverpool and LASK at Anfield on November 30, 2023 in Liverpool, England.
Caoimhín Kelleher of Liverpool during the UEFA Europa League match between Liverpool and LASK at Anfield on November 30, 2023 in Liverpool, England.
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Caoimhin Kelleher, who kept a clean sheet against LASK on Thursday, is set to continue as Liverpool’s starting goalkeeper as Alisson recovers from the muscle injury he suffered at City.

Speaking in his press conference ahead of the match against Fulham this Sunday, Liverpool head coach Jürgen Klopp expressed confidence in the young goalkeeper’s abilities and readiness for the job:

Yeah, no doubt [he’s prepared to be No. 1]. No doubt. We see him every day in training. He is an exceptional, exceptional talent. Maybe we don’t mention his name often enough, but it is a John Achterberg thing. From day one when I am in, he told me this will be our homegrown boy who will make it. Since then, we see every step. He was a boy and now he’s a man. And yeah, top goalie, no doubt.

Klopp spoke, too, on Kelleher’s professional approach and readiness for challenges at the top level — which perhaps sees his career slowed as he sits behind Alisson:

He is in general a focused person. You will not see him in a bar celebrating the clean sheet [against LASK]! That is not a problem. Caoimhin is prepared for that, he wants that now. We had discussions in the summer about it, obviously, but as long as we don’t have a solution we cannot loan players. He is homegrown and all these kind of things, so we have to make sure first and foremost, the first responsibility is we do the best for Liverpool and then we have to see how we can sort it.

Now, obviously, for him it is the situation he didn’t want to have [Alisson Becker being injured] but obviously somehow, yes, because he wants opportunities, he wants to play and now he will get a few games, definitely. And I trust him.

Alisson could be back as early as December 14th per reports, though the club tends to treat player recovery with caution.

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