Liverpool goalkeeper coach John Achterberg has told the Liverpool Echo that he was proud of Caoimhin Kelleher after the young stopper recently made his senior debut for the Reds – and insisted that the Irishman can be anything.
Kelleher has been in and around the first-team at Melwood for some time. In fact, he collected a Champions League winner’s medal before he made his first competitive appearance for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
His Reds bow came last month as he started in the Carabao Cup win over MK Dons. He kept a clean sheet on that night. And Achterberg suggested that he was delighted to see the 20-year-old get his chance as he also discussed the youngster’s potential.
“I was proud and happy for him because he shows every day in training his speed and reactions,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“He can keep making the next steps and how far he goes is how he can producing these displays on the field because that is where you are going to be assessed. In my opinion, he can be anything. It depends how he develops.”
While getting into the first-team squad on a regular basis looks to be an almost impossible task while Alisson Becker is around, there looks to be a real opportunity for the Republic of Ireland under-21 international.
With Adrian and Andy Lonergan also on the club’s books, Kelleher can arguably set his sights on becoming the permanent second choice stopper at Anfield.
It will not be easy to permanently move ahead of two experienced teammates. But Achterberg’s comments suggest that he is good enough to go a long way in the future.