Jurgen Klopp praised “top talent” Caoimhin Kelleher after the goalkeeper helped Liverpool overcome Ajax 1-0 within the Champions League.
Beginning as Alisson offers with hamstring harm, Kelleher became just the second goalkeeper to maintain a clean sheet on his debut for Liverpool within the Champions League.
Kelleher, 22, made 4 saves as Curtis Jones’ 58th-minute purpose proved to be sufficient to ship the Premier League champions into the final 16 from Group D
Klopp hailed the shot-stopper and mentioned the Irishman’s distribution was a key purpose he decided to begin Kelleher over Adrian.
“Prime. Prime, high, high,” the Liverpool manager informed a news convention.
“It’s a scenario, which I’ve to say, it was simple to decide for Caoimhin as a result of the simply deserves it, nevertheless it was tough to determine in opposition to Adrian as a result of he did rather well for us: a variety of clear sheets, what a season final 12 months, Super Cup remaining and all these kind of things.
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“He did a very good job, but we needed the bundle of Caoimhin – and he’s a top expertise anyway, however a very good shot-stopper and a high footballer, so I like that.
“We wanted that for the urgent of Ajax, we needed his chips from him into the half-spaces and these sorts of things. That was actually good, however after all in the long run it’s all about saving, keeping the ball out of the online, and he did that not less than twice in a distinctive manner. I’m fairly sure he’ll both sleep rather well or by no means, but he’ll take pleasure in each.”
Kelleher accomplished 30 of 42 passes for Liverpool, who’ve further injury concerns over Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson.
But Klopp was optimistic about the pair forward of Sunday’s conflict at home to Wolves.
“We have now two days greater than we had final week till the following recreation,” he mentioned.
“I do not know, issues like this present up the next day barely completely different. Within the second I’m slightly positive about it but I do not know.
“But that is an issue of the next few days and not tonight.”
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