While Liverpool were bringing one goalkeeper to the club in a landmark £65m deal, another was creating a bit of history of his own.
Cork native Caoimhin Kelleher, formerly of Ringmahon Rangers, got his first taste of senior football for the Reds in their 2-0 friendly victory against Blackburn Rovers on Thursday night.
With Danny Ward (who had previously been slated to start in this match) left out as he begins talks to join Leicester and Simon Mignolet given extra time off following his World Cup exploits with Belgium, Kelleher was given a spot on the bench behind Loris Karius.
Jurgen Klopp maintained his policy of playing a different team for each half in this pre-season campaign, although he left Kelleher on the bench at half-time and made just the ten changes. However, the 19-year-old Corkman finally got his chance on the hour-mark, coming on for Karius for the last 30 minutes.
Unreal ???⚽️⚽️ https://t.co/qVKFDP8UIJ
— Ringmahon Rangers (@RingmahonRanger) July 19, 2018
Great to see Caoimhin Kelleher coming on here. Bright talent to compete with Kamil Grabara.
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) July 19, 2018
Kelleher kept a clean sheet as Liverpool cruised to a 2-0 victory over the Championship side, courtesy of goals from Lazar Markovic.
Indeed, while Liverpool have gone all out for the signing of Alisson, Kelleher’s chances of moving up the pecking will actually likely increase this summer. With Ward seemingly on the way out, and Mignolet almost certainly set to follow, that would leave the young stopper in a straight fight with Kamil Grabara for the third-choice slot at Anfield.
Given how highly both players are rated at Liverpool (Klopp has spoken about them in the past and that have both trained wi the first team at Melwood) the fight will be a tough one, but Kelleher looks set to have a bright future in the game regardless.