Young Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has revealed how Alisson Becker inspired him to a stunning debut performance against MK Dons on Wednesday.
The Republic of Ireland U21 international made a number of important saves – including denying Jordan Bowery from point-blank range – as Jurgen Klopp’s starlets gained a 2-0 win over their League One opponents to advance to the League Cup fourth round.
Kelleher’s inspired debut: Five things to know…
- Kelleher made his first-ever senior career appearance against MK Dons on Wednesday.
- He pulled off a number of impressive saves as Liverpool won 2-0.
- His point-blank stop from Jordan Bowery was particularly impressive.
- Kelleher revealed that Alisson wished him luck in training the day before the game.
- The 20-year-old has 14 caps for the Republic of Ireland at youth level.
Making your debut for a club of Liverpool’s stature is bound to bring its own set of pressure but Kelleher has revealed how Reds No.1 Alisson helped ease the strain ahead of the match.
“I spoke to him Tuesday at Melwood and he just wished me luck and everything,” Kelleher said after the match.
“It was very nice of him to say that and he said he would be watching and supporting me.
Kelleher’s save from Bowery was one of the standout moments of Wednesday’s match and has quite rightly earned him plenty of plaudits in the aftermath.
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However, the 20-year-old was rather modest in his assessment, maintaining he was simply “in the right position” when he needed to be.
He said: “I was just in the right position when he was heading the ball and if it hits you it hits you, so it was a good save but you take it as it comes.”
Jurgen Klopp’s men have drawn Arsenal in the next round of the League Cup, while attention now turns to Premier League matters with a trip to Sheffield United on Saturday.