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Kelleher: “Clean Sheet Against Dons was a Nice Moment”

The Irish U21 international talks about his senior team debut for the Reds

Liverpool v Wigan Athletic: Premier League Cup Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

In the midst of everyone kind of hoping Liverpool were going to get kicked out of the Carabao Cup due to an administrative error so the team would have time to rest for slightly more important games, we probably didn’t pay enough attention to the story of Caoimhin Kelleher’s senior debut and first clean sheet for the team. Lucky for us, though, U21 Irish international was eager to chat about just how unforgettable his night was with the official club magazine.

“A few of my family were in the away end with the Liverpool fans,” Kelleher told the magazine. “My mum, my sister, my brother and my girlfriend all came over to watch the game and support me, which was really nice.

“I didn’t see them in the stand when I was on the pitch, but I saw them all after the game and we were all quite speechless, to be honest. It wasn’t awkward, it was just a weird one because I’d just made my Liverpool debut and didn’t know what to say really!”

Is everyone collectively cooing about just how precious that reaction is? It gets better.

“I wasn’t going into the game thinking, ‘I have to keep a clean sheet’,” he added. “I just went into it thinking, ‘I have to do my job’. When the final whistle went and I knew I had a clean sheet, it was a nice moment.”

Kelleher has been working with Adrian and Andy Lonergan to improve their collective games. Kelleher was also eager to laud Adrian for the stellar job he’s been doing.

“I also have to look at how well Adrian has done since coming in,” he said. “Considering he had very little time to get used to things here he has done very, very well.

“He’d only been here for a few days when he had to come on and play against Norwich, which is very difficult when you’ve hardly trained with the team, so he’s been really good here.”

Adrian has definitely been an incredible signing and proven his worth with Liverpool (still!!) sitting at the top of the league table. When Alisson returns, we can only assume all four goalkeepers are just going to keep getting better.