Jurgen Klopp has praised his stand-in goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher for his display during the 1-0 defeat against Brighton last night.
Liverpool were beaten in their own backyard for the second consecutive league fixture as Graham Potter’s impressive outfit ran out deserved victors.
In truth, the Reds were abysmal and were deserving of their fourth league defeat of the campaign. They were out-run, out-fought and ultimately, out-gunned as Liverpool’s goalless drought at Anfield stretched to three matches.
The English champions never got going, with very few players walking away with their credibility still in-tact.
But Klopp was right to highlight the ‘outstanding’ performance of his No.2 goalkeeper Kelleher, who deputised brilliantly in the absence of Alisson Becker.
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“They had a few counter-attacks when we tried really hard, that’s when Caoimhin was outstanding and kept us in the game,” Klopp said, per the club’s official website.
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Klopp is spot-on. Kelleher, as well as Jordan Henderson and Nathaniel Phillips, were about the only players who could leave Anfield with their heads held high.
The 22-year-old shot-stopper has emerged as Klopp’s go-to-guy when Alisson is unavailable.
This was the Irishman’s fifth start of the season under Klopp, too, and only his second Premier League appearence.
Indeed, Kelleher may have been expecting a quieter game, especially given Liverpool’s dominance in their previous two matches against Tottenham and West Ham.
But this was far from the case, with Kelleher one of the team’s busiest players on the night.
When called upon, the Reds academy graduate was there for his team. There was nothing he could have done about Brighton’s goal with Liverpool indebted to Kelleher as the score could have been worse.
He has yet to put a foot wrong since taking up the mantle as Liverpool’s recognised No.2 between the sticks.
Kelleher’s performance was a rare shining light in yet another dark and dampening Anfield affair.