19-year old Irish goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher may be on the verge of receiving a huge first team opportunity in Liverpool’s next Premier League game against Spurs.
On Friday, Belgian coach Roberto Martinez confirmed that current Liverpool backup goalkeeper Simon Mignolet would be out for “eight to 10 days” with a finger injury which he sustained on international duty.
Simon Mignolet is out for "eight to 10 days" with a finger injury, according to Roberto Martinez.
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This would likely mean that Mignolet will miss Liverpool’s clash with Spurs which is next Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off in the Premier League.
With Alisson starting, there is now a spot open on the Merseyside club’s bench, and Kelleher could well be the man to fill it. It would be a huge opportunity for the Corkman to be involved in his first senior competitive game for the club.
Kelleher recently signed a new long term-deal at Liverpool and made a number of first team friendly appearances during pre-season.
The young keeper faces competition for the spot, however, with 19-year-old Pole, Kamil Grabara also in first-team contention.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Kelleher in the past and it’s clear that the club rate him extremely highly.
“He is an outstanding talent. Outstanding. Very cool with the ball, you saw that in pre-season when he played in front of 100,000 people, that he wasn’t bothered about that which is a very important skill to have. For most of his youth he was an outfield player, he has fantastic reactions. If nothing serious happens, he will have a really fantastic future. I don’t know how many really good goalkeepers that Ireland have but one more is never a big problem. I like him a lot and he will be in our squad.”
With Irish football currently going through a tough time, Kelleher’s inclusion in Liverpool’s matchday squad would be a timely boost for all involved.