Some Liverpool fans took to Twitter to applaud Caoimhin Kelleher reports on Wednesday. The Irish goalkeeper may soon have a prominent role.
Caoimhin Kelleher made his full Ireland debut on Tuesday evening, keeping a clean sheet in a 4-0 win. Now, Qatar didn’t really trouble him much – zero shots on target tell that story – but it’s the kind of start Kelleher will have wanted.
And it’s unlikely to be his only start this week. The 22-year-old is reportedly set to start for Liverpool on Saturday at Watford.
Alisson Becker is away with Brazil, of course, who don’t play their final fixture until tomorrow evening. It’s unlikely that he’ll return in time to play, meaning Kelleher takes his place.
That’s according to the Athletic, anyway, who believe Liverpool don’t expect either Alisson or Fabinho to play at Vicarage Road.
That means a Premier League start for Kelleher. They’re a fairly rare occurrence – the Irishman pretty much solely relies on Alisson being injury in order to play top-flight matches.
This unique circumstance gives him a chance to shine on the big stage, though. And fans believe he’s ready for it.
Fans on Kelleher
It takes a long time to trust a keeper but he fills me with confidence every time I see him play 🧤— MJ (@Redmjax) October 13, 2021
Good news.— – S e y j i t h – (@Seyjith) October 13, 2021
Kelleher is a good choice too, hopefully he'll not have a tough time against Watford, he's been impressive in Carabo Cup last time !
He's more than ready to start on Saturday.— D. Shendy (@devshendy) October 13, 2021
Class, he deserves his chance— Louislads04 (@Lou_h2004) October 13, 2021
Gwan lad you'll be great #YNWA— Karl Guimerans (@Karl939) October 13, 2021
good decision in my book— kareem 🇪🇬 (@lfckareem) October 13, 2021
This was fairly expected, of course. Kelleher is Alisson’s backup and we’ve known for some time that the Brazilian was a real doubt for this one.
And much like everyone else, Kelleher has our complete faith. He’s been consistently good when stepping in for Liverpool and ticks about every box you’d want him to.
He’s good with his feet, a capable shot-stopper, and brings confidence to the backline that few young goalkeepers can. Kelleher is, in our estimation, a very promising player.
22 is particularly young for a goalkeeper, after all, but Kelleher has proven himself in both the Premier League and Champions League before. Liverpool have a special one here and they’ll be eager to find games for him.
It’s a silver lining, then, that Alisson’s absence means more experience for Kelleher.