Rookie goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is doing all in his power to take his rapid rise in his stride – and has revealed what his immediate aim is after successive matches in the Liverpool goal.
Kelleher has debuted in the Champions League and the Premier League this week. And the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has marked the occasion with two clean sheets. He put in another competent display on Sunday as Wolves were soundly beaten 4-0.
Kelleher, who only turned 22 a fortnight ago, is standing in for the injured Alisson Becker. The Irishman appears to have been promoted to number two ahead of the previously-established Adrian.
He has not put a foot – or a glove – wrong in 180 minutes while also producing some great saves. His one to deny Daniel Podence in the first half in front of the Kop will live long in his memories.
But the Irishman is also doing a good job of keeping his feet on the ground and has some low-key ambitions going forward.
“I’m just trying to be there for the team and to help them out in those moments. Thankfully again I was able to make those saves and get the clean sheet,” he told liverpoolfc.com.
“To get the clean sheet, for me and the back four, is the most important thing for us. We’ve done our job then.
“From the first minute we really were on fire and we played really well. It was top class.
“We scored four goals (and) could maybe have had a few more as well. It was a great all-round team performance.”
It was a fitting way to mark the occasion of having supporters, albeit only 2,000, back inside the stadium for the first time since March.
“It was obviously amazing. It’s been so long without them that it felt kind of strange to see them, but it was such an amazing feeling to have them back in the stadium,” added Kelleher.
“The support they give, honestly, is different class. You saw how we perform when they’re there, so to have them back was a real plus.”
Klopp struggles to name Liverpool highlight
The return of fans was one of many positives Kelleher’s performance included. Indeed, Liverpool were so in control the victory looked easy.
Jurgen Klopp struggled to pick out one element which pleased him the most. He did, however, admit it was something of a “perfect night”.
The Anfield encounter also saw the return from injury of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita.
“Plenty of sensational individual performances, from the young boys it was really great,” said the Reds boss.
“Neco Williams, we only took off because obviously the plan of Wolves was to bring (Adama) Traore on the left wing. Maybe Neco makes one more foul and then maybe he gets the second yellow.
“That was the only reason; he played really, really good.
“Sadio also had a few moments where he controlled. I still don’t understand how he can do these kind of things.”