'World-class': Trent Alexander-Arnold raves about Liverpool youngster who has only played 13 games
Trent Alexander-Arnold has heaped praise on Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher following his performance against Chelsea in the Premier League over the weekend.
The young Irishman, who had only played 12 times for the Reds’ senior team before Sunday, was handed a start after Alisson Becker was ruled out due to COVID-19.
A few Liverpool fans were concerned about someone as inexperienced as Kelleher starting at the home of the European champions in one of the most important games of the season.
However, Kelleher was unfazed by the occasion and looked really good. Alexander-Arnold was very impressed by his display and even went on to brand the 23-year-old as ‘world-class’.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: Caoimhin Kelleher is world-class
In an interview released by Liverpool’s official website yesterday, Alexander-Arnold said: “When Caoimh was needed he’s pulled off two world-class saves in the first and second half and he’s stepped into Ali’s shoes and done really well.
“It’s a credit to him, but we defended well and never gave them too many chances and we had the better chances in the second half.
“But when you are up against a world-class team with a world-class goalkeeper, he makes world-class saves. So, like I said, I think a point apiece is fair.”
Kelleher is developing into a fantastic goalkeeper and Alisson, who is arguably the best in the world at the moment, deserves a lot of credit for taking him under his wing.
The young Irishman is a really talented player, but he still has a long way to go in his career. His performance against Leicester City in the cup would’ve given him a lot of confidence and how well he fared against the European champions in their own backyard is something he’ll be proud of as well.
Kelleher will return to the bench once Alisson is back, but that’s not a bad thing at all. He needs to keep working and learning, and his time will come. If he continues to develop at the same rate, he will take over from the Brazilian one day and save Liverpool millions in the transfer market.
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