Liverpool youngster Caoimhen Kelleher is set to start for the club tonight in the EFL Cup tie with Arsenal. The talented Republic of Ireland youngster is highly thought of by Jurgen Klopp and will be given a chance to prove himself at Anfield this evening.
Liverpool assistant Pepijn Lijnders confirmed that Kelleher will get the nod ahead of both Alisson and Adrian yesterday and it will be a senior Anfield debut for the 20-year-old.
“But in this League Cup, it is Caoimhin’s competition…
“It will be special for him playing at Anfield.”
The Irish under-21 international has impressed whenever given a chance for Liverpool but it appears he could have been on the books at the club’s current main domestic rivals.
Liverpool snapped up Kelleher from Ringmahon Rangers in Ireland back in 2015. It came after an impressive display with the Irish under-17 side at the European Championships.
Ringmahon club treasurer Paul Higgins spoke to the Irish Mirror this week and suggested that Manchester City were left very disappointed that they did not secure his signature.
“Fulham was the first club he went for a trial with and then Aston Villa, and after that Liverpool. Then it was a case who was going to take him.
“He was mostly settled on Liverpool and then he had an unbelievable under 17s European Championship. We heard that there was blue murder at Manchester City because their scout had done reports but they never asked him!”
Liverpool obviously have a top goalkeeper for years to come already in their ranks with Brazilian international Alisson between the sticks.
But it seems that Kelleher has the belief from the club to eventually grow and become a serious first-team back-up option.
The fact he was snapped up ahead of their main title rivals should, therefore, be seen as a huge coup for the Reds.