LFC Daytrippers contributor Grizz Khan has been discussing Liverpool’s young goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher during a recent episode of the podcast, following the club’s UEFA Champions League victory over Ajax.
The 22-year-old made just his fifth appearance for the first-team on Tuesday, his first in Europe (as per Transfermarkt). Not only did he manage to keep a clean sheet, but he also earned himself an impressive performance rating of 7.88/10 (via WhoScored), making him the Reds’ second-best performer on the night, only behind Curtis Jones who earned himself a rating of 8.22/10.
With number-one Alisson unavailable, perhaps to the surprise of some, the Irish stopper was preferred to the experienced Adrian, and post-match, here is what Khan had to say on the player’s performance:
“I thought it was [going to be] Adrian [who would] automatically step in and that was a shock to the system when Kelleher was named. I was nervous – but I was at his debut and I thought the guy oozed calmness, assurance, and one thing that stood out for me was his composure on the ball, totally opposite to [Adrian].
“I thought he was absolutely superb, I’m in love with him, the blonde Becker.”
TIF Thoughts on Grizz Khan’s comments regarding Caoimhin Kelleher…
The podcaster described the keeper’s performance as “superb” and made it very clear he would rather see him deputising for the Brazilian Alisson over Adrian.
The Spaniard, who joined the Reds on a free transfer from West Ham United back in August 2019 has made some high profile errors during his time at Anfield, one occasion that springs to mind immediately was last season’s Champions League knockout tie versus Atletico Madrid.
Would you start Kelleher in the Premier League this weekend over Adrian?
Kelleher, according to the BBC, is said to have provided a calming presence during the narrow win over Ajax, backing up what Khan has had to say and so in our view, although he has far less experience than Adrian if Alisson remains sidelined for the weekend’s fixture versus Wolves, Kelleher could be the better option for Jurgen Klopp.