Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph has spoken of his admiration for Liverpool’s young stopper Caoimhin Kelleher as the 19-year old looks to begin his international career under new manager Mick McCarthy.
Kelleher was called up to the Irish squad by then manager Martin O’Neill for Ireland’s games against Northern Ireland and Wales in November although didn’t feature in either fixture.
One man who has worked closely with Kelleher in the Irish camp is current number one Darren Randolph and the Middlesbrough stopper is already getting a sense of just how good the Cork native can be.
Speaking exclusively to Pundit Arena, Randolph explained that Kelleher’s ability is “ridiculous” for a player of such a young age.
“I’ve worked with Caoimhin over the last couple of trips,” said Randolph.
“We work together all the time so I speak to him a lot more than probably some of the other boys would.
“He’s very quiet, very calm, which are obviously great attributes to have as a goalkeeper. Honestly, he’s got ridiculous ability for someone of his age.
“He doesn’t play like someone who you’d look at think they were 19. He looks about 12!
“But no honestly he’s very very good. He’s third choice at Liverpool for a reason and I can see why, he’s a player that has got absolutely everything. I don’t see why he can’t go all the way.”
Randolph was in Dublin working with The Randz Academy goalkeeping academy and football camp which the Middlesbrough man owns and set up to help keepers develop their game as well as provide an opportunity for future shot-stoppers to work in an environment solely focused on honing their skills.
“Firstly the goals of the academy are just to develop goalkeepers skills,” began Randolph.
“Obviously, they can go there and it’s just a goalkeeper specific camp.
“Ideally yes I’d love to see all of the goalkeepers going on to bigger and better things because then you feel like you personally contributed and helped them succeed and progress in football.
“First and foremost just to try and train younger goalkeepers and hone in on their skills and basically have fun. I used to love going out and just diving around really.
“So if I could have a whole session of that with goalkeepers it’s what I loved to do. As a goalkeeper you like jumping around making saves!”
Stay with Pundit Arena for more from Darren Randolph over the next few days as well as his full exclusive interview which will be available on site on New Year’s Day.
The Randz Academy are holding a Christmas Football Camp for players of all levels, boys & girls from 6-16 years in the Dublin Indoor Football dome in Santry from Jan 2-4.
The Randz Academy is also now taking bookings for term 2 of the Randz Goalkeeping Academy.
All bookings can me made on www.randzofficial.com
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