On a night of academy prospects making their senior debuts, Liverpool saw standout performances from young Reds at either end of the pitch, with Harvey Elliott turning in a top performance on the wing and goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher outstanding at the back.
In fact, on the evening it was lower league MK Dons that had the better chances, and Kelleher then is perhaps the one deserving much of the praise for Liverpool managing to advance to the next round. Following the match, he spoke about his stellar debut outing.
“It was an unbelievable night for me making my debut,” Kelleher told the club’s official website. “I can’t sum it up in words really, it’s just unbelievable. To play for Liverpool for the first time was unbelievable. It gives me motivation to go and do it again and keep playing.”
The likely return of Alisson to action in the coming weeks could complicate that, bumping Adrian to domestic cup duty and leaving Kelleher out of luck when the Reds face Arsenal in the League Cup at the end of October. Still, Wednesday evening spoke to a bright future.
Whether or not there are further chances for the young goalkeeper this season, on the strength of last night he and fellow youngsters Elliott, Rhian Brewster, and Ki-Jana Hoever look to be in the club’s long-term plans—and as though they fully deserve to be.