Alisson Becker has told Liverpool’s official website has Caoimhin Kelleher is ready to step into a first-team role. Kelleher is set to make his first-team debut against MK Dons in the EFL Cup tonight and Alisson believes he will be a success.
Kelleher will get his chance in the cup despite being Liverpool’s third or fourth-choice goalkeeper. Alisson is the undisputed number one with Adrian and Andy Lonergan providing experienced back-up options.
But with Alisson out injured, Adrian has taken the number one jersey. Kelleher has been on the bench ready to step in if Adrian is injured. But now the 20-year-old will get his chance in the cup.
Alisson on Kelleher
Alisson has worked with Kelleher for over a year now and he rates the Republic of Ireland U21 stopper highly. He has placed his full faith in Kelleher tonight and said he will be watching him in action.
The Brazilian star told the club’s official website: “I will be watching the game, supporting him. He is a great guy – he’s not a boy anymore, he is becoming a man making I think his first official game for Liverpool. I hope he can just do what he does every day here in training.
“He is a serious guy who comes here and works hard, I think he’s improved a lot in the last year. Since I arrived here, I can see he is improving, he’s a guy who wants to learn, who just watches the older ones to learn some good things and yeah, I think he will do very well.”
Kelleher seems ready to take the plunge into the world of senior football. It is the perfect next step for him as he vies for a future Liverpool spot between the sticks. Alisson is also the ideal mentor to have.
In Kelleher and Kamil Grabara (currently on loan at Huddersfield Town), the future looks bright in the goalkeeper department. Kelleher will face a new challenge tonight but it seems like he is well-equipped to cope with this test.