"He's been superb": Noel Whelan raves over Caoimhin Kelleher
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"He's been superb": Noel Whelan raves over Caoimhin Kelleher

Liverpool have had to rely on their academy more than they expected to this season. The Reds have had the team decimated by illness and injury and as a result we’ve had to turn to the backup brigade. One of the more recent introductions has been a shining star. Noel Whelan has heaped praise on Caoimhin Kelleher.

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Caoimhin Kelleher steps up for Liverpool

Injuries have handed a number of opportunities to youngsters this season.

Rhys Williams has figured in every Champions League game so far due to the ongoing injury crisis.

Nat Phillips has earned some Premier League minutes due to the absences.

Last week Alisson pulled up with a hamstring problem and Caoimhin Kelleher was asked to step up for Liverpool.

The youngster hasn’t disappointed, conceding just one goal in three games.

It has been a rollercoaster ride for the 22-year-old but he has more than risen to the challenge.

Noel Whelan on Caoimhin Kelleher

Fans and pundits alike have been impressed by Caoimhin Kelleher for Liverpool.

He is just one of a bunch of youngsters to step up but he has stepped up and stood out.

Speaking to Football Insider, Noel Whelan heaped praise on Caoimhin Kelleher:

“The young goalkeeper, he’s been superb from what I’ve seen. Commanding, pulls off the saves, really calm and confident in possession, which you have to be at Liverpool.

“Jurgen Klopp has given him his chance at the right time and he’s grabbed it. It’s so hard for young goalkeepers, any tiny mistake gets punished, there’s no hiding place.

“He’s really impressed me, Kelleher, what an impressive keeper he is, he’s the best of the emerging players so far. Good luck to the young man.”

What RTK has to say

Noel Whelan has got Caoimhin Kelleher spot on, he’s been immense for Liverpool this past week.

The Irishman has truly been a saviour for us. He came through in a high pressure tie with Ajax and he didn’t let us down in the Premier League.

The youngster was unlucky to not make it a hattrick of clean sheets after a controversial penalty incident.

Hopefully he’ll get further minutes in the cup this season.

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