Jurgen Klopp issues tough challenge to Liverpool’s ‘top goalie’
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher to prove that he is a top performer.
The Reds pulled off a decisive 3-0 win over Norwich City in their Carabao Cup third-round clash on Tuesday.
It would have been a 3-1but Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher made a sensational save to deny Norwich City’s Christos Tzolis’ shot from the spot when the Reds were up 1-0.
Despite Kelleher’s impressive performance, Jurgen Klopp stressed that apart from club matches, the 22-year-old should also be able to deliver in the international stage.
“Caoimhin [Kelleher] is a top goalie,” Klopp said after the game. “It was important for him that his international coach [Stephen Kenny] can see he is really good.”
Overall, Klopp was pleased with how Liverpool defended Norwich City and once again put an emphasis on the goalie’s brilliant save.
“We started really well and I liked that – really aggressive, really lively, but then you could see we didn’t train because we had to make a lot of decisions really late,” the German manager evaluated. “The last line and the goalie saved us in these moments with speed, good challenges and stuff like that, so there was not really something in it for Norwich.”
“It was all good, we scored the second and third goals and controlled the game, which was absolutely brilliant,” he added. “The kids did exceptionally well, I have to say.”
The Norwich City game marked the second start of Kelleher for Liverpool’s senior team this season. He is likely to play for the remaining of the Carabao Cup and he is already looking forward to it.