Caoimhin Kelleher is well down the pecking order at Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League title-challengers Liverpool.
Young Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is on a one-way journey to the very top. At least, that is what his former team-mate Conor Masterson has told the Liverpool Echo.
At the age of 20, Kelleher is yet to make his first-team debut for last season’s Premier League runners-up. Even with number one Alisson Becker missing since the start of the campaign, the Republic of Ireland U21 star remains behind summer signings Adrian and Andy Lonergan in the pecking order.
But Kelleher’s time will come at Anfield.
He caught the eye of Jurgen Klopp during the pre-season tour of 2018, the charismatic German describing Kelleher as ‘outstanding’ and lauding his confidence with the ball at his feet, as reported by Goal. Considering that the Cork-born stopper spent much of his youth as an outfield player, it’s no surprise that Kelleher has the passing range of a midfielder.
And Masterson, who rose through the ranks alongside Kelleher at Merseyside before leaving for QPR, thinks the sky is the limit for his former team-mate.
“Caoimhin is a great lad, a top professional and an even better person,” said the 21-year-old centre-back.
“I think he can play at the top level. I’ve trained with him and he’s probably the best goalkeeper I’ve trained with besides obviously Alisson. He has a bright future, he has a good contract at Liverpool, things are right for Caoimhin, and I think he can go right to the top.”
When you consider that Masterson worked with the likes of Simon Mignolet and Adam Bogdan, two experienced Premier League goalkeepers, it speaks volumes how highly he rates Kelleher.