Klopp reveals ‘unbelievable’ Adrian snub reaction; names starting keeper

Date published: Friday 4th December 2020 7:02 - Jonny Whitfield

Caoimhin Kelleher, Adrian

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that, barring any late developments, Caoimhin Kelleher will be the starting goalkeeper against Wolves.

The Reds host Nuno Espirito Santo’s men at Anfield on Sunday with a fresh dilemma between the sticks.

Alisson Becker is out with a slight hamstring strain, with Adrian and Kelleher fighting for starts. On Tuesday, Klopp made – as he put it – the “big call” to start the latter.

However, the 22-year-old put in an excellent performance in his Champions League debut. As such, his manager has confirmed that he trusts him to continue in the same manner in the Premier League.

“There are not a lot of reasons I could mention in this moment to say he [Kelleher] won’t start against Wolves,” Klopp told his pre-match press conference.

“But there is training in between, he has to stay fit, we have sessions, all this kind of stuff.

“But he has done enough to convince me. He did that some years ago but sometimes you have to wait for the right moment and the right moment came on Tuesday.

 

 

“But he has done enough to convince me but he has already did that some years ago.”

The decision meant that Adrian – who has proved Klopp’s usual go-to in Alisson’s absence – was left on the bench.

But Klopp told reporters (via the Liverpool Echo) that critics must not write the Spaniard off. He also revealed how the 33-year-old reacted to Kelleher’s unlikely promotion.

Adrian’s response to Liverpool snub

“In life we have to prove things. That is unfortunately like this,” the manager said.

“Caoimh is an exceptionally talented goalie. But for goalies it’s really difficult because they have to wait. You can be exceptional and have to wait for a chance because there is only one goalie on the pitch.

“If one goalie plays for 10 years in a row it can be pretty difficult. You can be stood as the number two goalie and no-one can see [how good you are].

“Now he has got his chance and he has convinced everybody. He didn’t have to convince us, obviously we thought it would be like this, but he convinced everyone and that is good.

“But Adrian doesn’t deserve to just write him off now. There is no reason for that.

“He is important to Caoimh in an exceptional way. After he got the information he would not start he was unbelievable and I have a lot of respect for that. I expected it, actually, but I have a lot of respect for it.”

Elsewhere in his press briefing, Klopp confirmed a plan for a long-term injury absentee.

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