Caoimhin Kelleher made his debut for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool as the Premier League outfit reached the EFL Cup fourth round.
Paul Tisdale was left to rue a fantastic performance from Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher as MK Dons lost 2-0 in their EFL Cup third round tie on Wednesday night, in quotes reported by the Liverpool Echo.
The third tier outfit deserved a goal against the Premier League leaders at Stadium MK. But after wasting a host of chances in both halves, Jurgen Klopp’s side celebrated a victory that was much more difficult than the scoreline suggests.
The irrepressible James Milner netted the opener after his speculative volley was spilled by Dons goalkeeper Stuart Moore and the former England international, who played at left-back on the night, turned provider with a pinpoint cross which was headed home by Ki-Jana Hoever for his first senior goal.
But while Hoever had a night to remember, so did Kelleher. The Republic of Ireland U21 star was unbeatable throughout and a stunning point-blank save from Jordan Bowery late on left Tisdale perplexed.
“I don’t know how their keeper kept it out actually, that header towards the end,” said the former Exeter boss. “But that’s football.
“They have some real talent. They had a real spine to their team with the centre-backs and midfield, and on the flanks they had some real talent.
“Jurgen is in a good place and he has one heck of a first team and has a lovely balance and amount of talent in that young group.”
Like Kelleher, Harvey Elliott dazzled on his first senior start for the Reds and he was the width of a crossbar away from netting his first ever goal on two occasions.
Curtis Jones, meanwhile, made the step up from the U21s with ease, impressing in midfield with his intelligent positioning and ability to shrug off challenges.
The future certainly looks bright at Anfield.