Alisson Becker draws closer to Liverpool return with Caoimhin Kelleher status cleared

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Caoimhin Kelleher’s stint as Liverpool goalkeeper will be short but memorable for the Irishman.
Two games as the Reds’ first choice, 22-year-old Kelleher wasn’t wrong, putting in some calm, composed performances and recording clean sheets back to back.

First of all, it was a Champions League start for the former Ringmahon Rangers youngster as Liverpool beat Ajax 1-0.

A catchy save by Noussair Mazraoui in the first half would have drawn applause had fans been inside Anfield, but the sure and secure kicks behind it would have been more impressive for manager Jurgen Klopp .

A late save from Dutch legend Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was also a feather in the cap for the rookie.

“It was just kind of a knee-jerk reaction, to be honest,” Kelleher said when he confronted the media gathered on Zoom Tuesday morning.

“He was so close, I just tried to get everything I could out of it. Fortunately, I was able to get him to safety.

“It was a good time to make that stop and after the game for the manager to come to me, it was a good time for me. ”

Being featured in the media ahead of Wednesday’s game in Midtjylland sent a few messages about Kelleher and updated his status.

It was sort of an introduction to life in Liverpool’s first team and the often intense dazzle that comes with it.

The brevity of the Irishman’s answers perhaps indicates that he is not yet completely comfortable with everything that comes with being a top footballer.

Kelleher wasn’t bothered by anything that bothered him, but his responses were indicative of a shy character coming to terms with the high position he found himself in.

His media appointment also revealed that Kelleher will retain his place ahead of Adrian when they visit Midtjylland in the Champions League.

“Interesting, but we’ll see,” was Klopp’s response to this theory. “I said we don’t have to make decisions [now] but usually with a goalie you don’t have to change often.

“And no one told me anything different that Caoimh should be ready again. I didn’t think about it to be honest but it’s probably a good sign. ”

Whatever happens in Denmark, Kelleher – and the Liverpool goalkeeper staff – can be extremely proud of his contributions so far.

As the injured Reds were swaying and recovering from the final backhand of a crippled Alisson Becker, Kelleher stepped into the fray and allayed fears.

“Caoimh was already a talent and now he has a chance to show it on the big stage,” Klopp said. “So without these boys we would have been lost to be honest. Thank goodness it worked. ”

Kelleher’s brief audition is set to end, for now, in Herning at MCH Arena on Wednesday night.



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It is understood that Alisson’s rehabilitation is going as planned and the Brazilian goalkeeper is responding well to the treatment for this hamstring tendon.

A social media post titled “Back Soon” on Tuesday more than hinted that Alisson feels like he’s on the verge of coming back as well.

If a setback is avoided, the £ 65million keeper will return to his place in Liverpool’s goal on Sunday afternoon at Fulham.

Kelleher’s role as a leader is approaching almost as quickly as it started.

But if he has proven one thing, it’s that he’s a capable double if he’s called again.

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