Departing Liverpool goalkeeper Andy Lonergan has heaped praise on Caoimhin Kelleher in an interview with Blood Red: The Liverpool FC Podcast.
Speaking on the podcast, Lonergan explains how Kelleher is one of the new generation of goalkeepers who are quick and good with their feet compared to the likes of Lonergan - by his own admission - where the keeper's role was to just keep the ball out of the net.
He’s a brilliant keeper, Caoimh. He’s sort of like the new generation of keeper. I'm a bit of the old generation but he’s so fast and he’s unbelievable, he’s like a centre midfielder with the ball at his feet but he can make saves and he's brave. Hes's got a lot.
Lonergan was quick to add that although Kelleher has the skills to be a top goalkeeper, he still needs the experience. The lack of game time is something they've spoken about and he expects the Corkman to go out on loan sometime in the near future.
"He’s not got any experience but I know a lot of keepers with experience who are not as good as him ... It's a tough one for him because he needs to play games, whether that's going out on loan, which I presume will be the plan for Caoimh. Because at the moment no one's getting past Ali."
As proven by Manchester United rival, Dean Henderson, going out on loan while you have an apparent undisputed No.1 in front of you isn't a bad thing. The young English goalkeeper found himself in a similar situation to what Kelleher finds himself in now but following his displays for Sheffield United, he now has fans calling for him to replace the once undisputed No.1 David De Gea.
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