Liverpool surprisingly include Caoimhin Kelleher in squad for Champions League final
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Liverpool surprisingly include Caoimhin Kelleher in squad for Champions League final

20-year-old keeper Caoimhin Kelleher has been included in Liverpool’s matchday squad for the Champions League final, the Liverpool Echo report.

The young Irish shot-stopper has yet to make a senior appearance for Liverpool but finds himself in the squad in Madrid.

Kelleher’s admission perhaps comes as a surprise, as Liverpool will now have two keepers in reserve of Alisson Becker.

It remains highly unlikely that Kelleher will feature, but he could still end up with a Champions League winner’s medal.

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Rhian Brewster could also end up with a medal despite never playing a minute of Champions League football.

Kelleher has beaten fellow youngsters Ben Woodburn and Curtis Jones into the squad, which will come as a shock to many.

Having a few more outfield options available may have seemed more logical, but Klopp has other ideas.

The experience will certainly be useful to Kelleher and give him early exposure to big-game scenarios.

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Many young players before him have spoken about these experiences later on in their careers and how helpful they were.

Although he won’t play a game, being around the players and in the atmosphere will form an important part of his learning.

And it may well be that Kelleher ends up playing second fiddle to Alisson next season.

Simon Mignolet seems destined to depart Anfield this summer after six years on Merseyside.

There seem to be no plans to bring Karius back from his loan spell, meaning Kelleher could be Liverpool’s new second choice keeper.

This remains slightly unlikely though, with Klopp expected to sign a new keeper during the summer.

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