Jurgen Klopp has showered heaps of praise on Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher as the Reds earned a 4-0 win against LASK to secure their passage into the last 16 of the Europa League.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper has played mainly the cup games for Liverpool this season, and he has always delivered. Klopp has praised him for making some “spectacular” saves, but he was also pleased with the performance of Jarell Quansah.
Luis Diaz and Cody Gakpo both scored in the first half to take a sizeable lead. Mohamed Salah added another in the 51st minute while Gakpo got his second of the night towards the end to earn a comfortable victory.
With Toulouse failing to beat Union St-Gilloise, it ensures Liverpool will finish at the top of Group E. The Reds go through to the knockouts directly and will avoid February’s play-off round.
“Our own boy, calm on the ball, good in the challenge, quick, ruthless in the right moments and besides Caoimhin, who had one or two saves, [he] probably had the most spectacular defensive situations when he saved our backside in some moments. So, that’s really good,” said Klopp, as quoted by Liverpoolfc.com.
Alisson, the first-choice goalkeeper appears to have picked up an injury, in the last Premier League game against Manchester City and he could be out for a while.
The Brazilian has been imperious this season and the Reds have enjoyed the security and stability with him in the side.
However, the onus of responsibility will now fall on the shoulders of Kelleher, and it will be interesting to see how he responds to the challenge.
During the summer, there were talks that he could leave the club to get regular first-team action, but Klopp wanted to keep him.
According to a report from The Athletic, Liverpool made it clear they were not interested in selling the Republic of Ireland goalkeeper. He is durable and reliable, and the stage is nicely set for him to show his quality in the Premier League as well.
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