Jurgen Klopp has warned goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher of a move away from the club after his penalty-shoot out heroics against Derby County.
Kelleher made his first start of the season for Liverpool in a much changed side that took on Derby in the league cup, as he made three saves in the penalty shoot-out to send Liverpool through to the next round.
Three outstanding saves, Caoimhín 🧤 pic.twitter.com/6BUffWfZig
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 10, 2022
Opportunities have been limited for the Ireland goalkeeper this season, with Alison one of the few Liverpool players to perform well in an otherwise disappointing season for the club.
Caoimhin Keller’s opportunities have been limited to cup appearances and Alison injuries, which has seen him fall behind Gavin Bazunu in the pecking order for Ireland as he is playing regular football with Southampton, who Liverpool face this weekend.
However, the Cork native has always delivered when called upon, which has been acknowledged by Klopp during his time at Liverpool, especally in last season's League Cup final, as he was the scored a penalty in the shoot-out and put in a top performance in Liverpool's final victory over Chelsea.
While Kelleher may be frustrated with his lack of opportunities at this moment of his career, Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Liverpool is the right club to develop his career.
“Caoimhin is an outstanding goalie, he’s our goalie, that’s absolutely great. A club like us with all the games we have needs a goalie of his quality.
It’s clear that he has ambition to be the number one and all these kinds of things, but everything must be right and being the number one in the wrong club and all of a sudden you’re not that good of a goalie.
Our style suits him very well because he’s really calm on the ball as well, he gets involved in the build up play. He’s like the blonde version of Ali.
He is really good, he is really, really good, and we are really happy to have him. The future is bright, and we all hope it’s here.”
Some encouraging words from Klopp, as Kelleher will join the rest of the Ireland team to take on Norway and Malta in friendlies next week after this weekend’s final Premier League games until Christmas.