“He deserves it” – Jurgen Klopp showers praise on young Liverpool star for his sensational performance against Chelsea
The Anfield outfit won the game 11-10 on penalties after both sides played out a 0-0 draw in extra time.
Kelleher was chosen ahead of Alisson on Sunday night and was called upon multiple times to keep the Reds in the game.
The Irishman pulled off some incredible saves during the game, including one particularly from Romelu Lukaku in the 95th minute to keep the scores level and also from Pulisic from a point-blank range.
Speaking after the game, Klopp was full of praise for his backup goalkeeper, saying that he deserved to be chosen after his outstanding performance. He said:
“Even in professional football, there should be space for some sentiment. Caoimhin Kelleher is a young boy, plays in all the competition, what do I do? I am two things, a professional manager and a human being, and the human being won.
“It is so nice that it [his inclusion] paid off. He deserves it. At the training center, we have a wall that all goalkeepers are on who won something and Caoimhin can go on it – that’s how it should be – absolutely great.”
With Alisson being one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Kelleher has found games hard to come by during his time at Liverpool. The shot-stopper has, however, been Klopp’s first-choice in cup competitions.