Not for the primary time, Caoimhin Kelleher produced penalty heroics for Liverpool, and Jurgen Klopp could not be happier with him.
Liverpool’s second-string facet had been unable to interrupt down a resolute Derby County defence within the third spherical of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, with the match ending 0-0 and thus going to penalties.
Within the shoot-out that adopted, the house facet missed two penalties however had been bailed out by Kelleher, who saved three of Derby’s, permitting Harvey Elliott to ship the reigning champions via.
Regardless of making simply 18 appearances for the membership, Kelleher has now gained probably the most penalty shoot-outs of any goalkeeper in Liverpool’s historical past, rising victorious on 4 events.
Talking after the match, Klopp heaped reward on the 23-year-old and his coaches.
“Tonight they had been three actually good penalties, all of them go within the nook, so it isn’t prefer it’s a nasty one they usually mishit the ball or slip slightly bit earlier than they shoot. No, they had been actually good and he saved them anyway, in order that’s large,” Klopp stated.
“I believe we by no means maintain it again by some means and stated Caoimh couldn’t play – no, no, no, he’s distinctive, he’s completely distinctive.
“[He] had not one of the best season thus far as a result of he got here again from vacation and was injured and it took a very very long time to get him again in coaching and again to hurry. The goalkeeper coaches are simply doing an unbelievable job, he’s there and I’m fairly positive he would say it precisely the identical, he’s their product.
“I’m over the moon for him that he might have these conditions and once you see him, this very grounded boy, he barely smiles however when he smiles you understand it means so much to him so, actually cool.”