Liverpool and their young keeper Caoimhín Kelleher have made a heart-warming gesture to the Corkonian's old club Ringmahon Rangers.
The club tweeted photos of the gift that was given to them by the club and its keeper, which included Kelleher’s jersey from Liverpool’s recent Carabao Cup Final win over Chelsea, and a hand written note from Jurgen Klopp.
The note reads: “To everyone at Ringmahon Rangers. Thank you for sending us Caoimhín. He’s done you proud, cheers.”
What a lovely gift to get for the Clubhouse. Caoimhin Kellehers Cup final @LFC winning Jersey. And to top it off a hand written letter from manager Jurgen Klopp. Thanks so much to the @johngibbonsblog from @TheAnfieldWrap for sorting us out. pic.twitter.com/Rcw5wo3bB0
— Ringmahon Rangers (@RingmahonRanger) March 28, 2022
Liverpool were 11-10 victors in Wembley against Chelsea, with Kelleher scoring their last penalty before his opposite number Kepa Arrizabalaga missed his.
The game finished as an entertaining 0-0 draw after extra-time, after Kelleher had produced a string of fine saves in the biggest game of his career.
Liverpool’s no. 1 Alisson was fit for the game but Klopp commendably chose to stick with Kelleher who had played more minutes in the Cup.
Ringmahon also thanked John Gibbons of The Anfield Wrap, who had assisted in organising the generous gift.
This was a cool thing to help make happen but all the credit goes to @LFC for going above and beyond what any of us expected and of course Ringmahon for helping produce a cup winning ‘keeper! https://t.co/ywz69fZN7E
— John Gibbons (@johngibbonsblog) March 29, 2022
Ringmahon Rangers, located in Cork City, was Kelleher’s home club when he was a teenager before he joined the Liverpool Academy in the summer of 2015 when he was 16 years of age.
He was initially a striker with Ringmahon before taking over the vacant goalkeeper slot, a process which he detailed previously in an interview with the Daily Mail.
“I was a striker for my team and I liked to play in goal with my friends and brothers, just messing about. Then the keeper for the team left so I wanted to give it a go... Obviously it has worked out well!
“I did OK in the first game but it was more that I really enjoyed playing in the position. I took a love to it and kicked on. It wasn’t too long after becoming a goalkeeper, maybe six to eight months, that clubs would come looking and wanting to take me on trial.”
Kelleher started in the Rep. of Ireland’s 2-2 with Belgium on Saturday, as he continues his battle with Gavin Bazunu for the national number 1 spot.