Caoimhín Kelleher the latest elite export from Klopp’s Merseyside goldmine

Caoimhín Kelleher made his UEFA Champions League debut for Liverpool against Ajax on Tuesday evening. 

The young Irishman hardly put a foot wrong as he kept a clean sheet in a commanding performance.

Being a goalkeeper is perhaps the most precarious of positions, one with little margin for error, and being the goalkeeper of a top Premier League club like Liverpool even more so. Kelleher, however, seemed unfazed.

Unawed by the occasion, Kelleher played with a composure that belied his inexperience at the most elite level of competitive football.

He was assured on the ball, tidy with his distribution, and superb in his shot-stopping. The 22-year old could be the latest installment in a recent series of special graduates from the Liverpool academy.

The goal that beat Ajax on Tuesday was scored by Curtis Jones and supplied by a Neco Williams cross, made in Merseyside.

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s prowess at right-back has been a key cog in the Liverpool machine over the past few seasons and Curtis Jones possesses flair, swagger, and a knack for scoring goals from midfield reminiscent of a young Steven Gerrard.

Add the potential talents of young Caoimhín Kelleher and perhaps Jürgen Klopp has struck gold in Merseyside yet again.

Caoimhín Kelleher, Liverpool FC
Kelleher and Jones have been impressive when called upon by Jürgen Klopp and could well become important players for Liverpool in the future. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY THE TIMES.

Given Liverpool’s lack of luck with injuries this season, perhaps now is the best time for these talents to break into the side and establish themselves as top-level footballers.

So far, the young lads have grabbed their opportunities with both hands, and Liverpool fans will certainly hope that they can achieve continued excellence in the coming seasons.

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