Irish goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has been named in Liverpool’s squad to face Serbian side Red Star Belgrade in their Champions League group game on Tuesday evening.
Lovren & Keita fit enough to travel but too soon for Henderson #LFC squad v Red Star: Fabinho, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Gomez, Alisson, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Mignolet, Robertson, Origi, Solanke, Matip, Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) November 5, 2018
The Cork native has been involved in Liverpool’s first team this season after impressing during a number of friendlies in the Summer and will provide back-up to Alisson and Simon Mignolet.
Kelleher played for Liverpool against the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United in pre-season and was hailed as an outstanding talent by Jurgen Klopp following his impressive performances.
“I can imagine you want to hear about that, he’s an outstanding talent, outstanding,” said Klopp.
“Very cool with the ball as we saw in the pre-season games when he played in front of 100,000 and 60,000 he wasn’t bothered about that, and that’s a very important skill.”
One man however who will not be joining up with the Liverpool squad for the clash in Belgrade is midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, as Klopp and the Reds look to avoid the hostile reception he would likely receive from the Serbian fans.
The Swiss international scored for his country against Serbia during the World Cup and celebrated scoring by making a double eagle gesture with his hands representing the Albanian flag, viewed as a symbol of defiance.
Klopp explained to Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s a situation where we will go to the fantastic city of Belgrade as a football team to play football.
“We have heard and read the speculation and talk about what kind of reception Shaq would receive and although we have no idea what would happen, we want to go there and be focused 100 per cent on football and not have to think about anything else, that’s all.
“We are Liverpool FC, a big club, a football team but we don’t have any message further than that. We have no political message, absolutely not. We want the focus to be on a great game of football, free from anything else.”