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Irish Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher Impresses In Liverpool’s Victory Over Man City

Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher (R) grabs the ball during the International Champions Cup at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on July 25, 2018. (Photo by KENA BETANCUR / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Irish goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher was given another pre-season run-out in Liverpool’s International Champions Cup clash with Manchester City on Wednesday night.

The 19-year-old former Ringmahon Rangers man played for the entire second half of the Reds’ friendly in the Reds’ victory at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, replacing Loris Karius at the restart.

Tasked with keeping out the likes of Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva was never going to be an easy task – and although he was beaten once by the former in the second half, Kelleher can be proud of his overall performance between the posts for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher (R) grabs the ball during the International Champions Cup at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on July 25, 2018. (Photo by KENA BETANCUR / AFP) (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

In particular, he can point to a fine bit of shot-stopping to deny Sane early in the second half, getting down low to block the German international’s shot at close range.

The Ireland under-19 international earned strong reviews on social media as onlookers were impressed in what was just his second senior appearance for the club.

Kelleher is part of an intriguing goalkeeping situation at Anfield. The £65m signing of Alisson Becker ended all debate as to who is the side’s undisputed number one, but the hierarchy below that is a little complicated.

As it stands, with Danny Ward already out the door, Loris Karius would be seen as second-choice with Simon Mignolet in at number three. However, with one of those two almost certain to leave in the coming weeks, there is a space there that Kelleher will be looking to fill.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool during the warm up before the Liverpool v Manchester United U18 Premier League game at The Kirkby Academy on April 20, 2018 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

He faces strong competition for that role from Polish under-21 international Kamil Grabara – however, his impressive first-team performances to date might just give him the edge over his rival.

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