It’s been the summer of a lifetime thus far for Caoimhin Kelleher.
Playing in the U.S. during the summer as part of the Liverpool squad is the dream for many young Irish people, but this 19-year-old is getting to live it.
Kelleher got to appear against Manchester’s City and United during the course of Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the States, and he told LiverpoolFC.com of his incredible experience.
“It’s been crazy, playing the Man City and Man U games. I wasn’t expecting to play really, but to get the opportunity was just unbelievable,” Kelleher told the club’s website.
“It was amazing, seeing all the crowd and stuff. I really enjoyed it. I trained with them [the senior side] last year but to actually play this year has been crazy. It’s been unreal.
“I’ve been happy, I think I’ve done well. Every day we train hard with the ‘keepers, we all push each other to do our best every day and I think that’s all you can do really, do your best, so I’ve been happy.”
The arrival of world record goalkeeper signing Alisson means that such first team opportunities will be limited for Kelleher though, who is already learning from one of the world’s best.
“I’ve learned a lot from him already. He’s a really good shot-stopper and he’s really quick, so I’m learning little things off that. He’s Brazilian as well, so he’s got a few skills!”
The aim for this season is to get more game time with the Liverpool U23s, and this summer has done his cause no harm, perhaps with a view to embedding himself further in Jurgen Klopp’s plans as the years progress.