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Caoimhin Kelleher is no longer a talent, he is just a world-class goalkeeper -Pep Lijnders

Sep 26, 2023 #Caoimhin Kelleher

Pepijn Lijnders has described Liverpool assistant goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher as “world class” and admitted the club are “really happy” he is still at Anfield.

Kelleher made four appearances in the Reds’ League Cup winning campaign in 2021/22 and is expected to start against Leicester in the third round this season.

While he wouldn’t confirm that would happen on Wednesday night, Lijnders shared the Reds’ No. 2 berth while previewing the contest.

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He has a long-term contract. For me, he could play in any Premier League team. He’s just a world-class goalkeeper,” Linjders told reporters at his pre-Leicester press conference.

He is no longer a talent, he is just a world-class goalkeeper, but he needs playing time. It’s great that he stayed with us, that Jurgen was able to give him perspective.

We are very happy to have him with us. “You want to have the best in every position who can play any game. Whatever happens, we can put Caoimhin on and the game won’t change much.

“He’s calm, knows where to get the ball, can read it and is exceptional in one-on-one situations.

“We’re glad to have him with us and hopefully he’ll be around for a long time.”
Kelleher is under contract at Anfield until 2026 and has received a number of domestic cup opportunities during his time on Merseyside.

The Irishman made 22 appearances for the Reds in all competitions. He returned for the first time in September 2019 in a 2–0 League Cup win away to MK Dons.

A number of Premier League clubs were interested in him in the summer, but he decided to stay at the club despite being firmly behind Alisson in the pecking order.

It remains to be seen whether interest will return for the 24-year-old at the end of the season, but he is clearly respected at Liverpool despite appearing less often than he would probably like at this point in his career.

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