By Noel Whelan

10th Dec, 2020 | 7:00am

'OMG, he's the best of the lot' - Exclusive: Whelan drools over Liverpool rookie

Liverpool have a special talent on their hands in Caoimhin Kelleher after his latest impressive display in goal.

That is according to ex-Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 22-year-old goalkeeper.

Kelleher made his third appearance of the season, all of which have come in the last week, on Wednesday night as the youngest-ever Liverpool side fielded in the Champions League drew 1-1 at FC Midtjylland.

The Irish youngster was once again chosen ahead of Adrian in the absence of established number one Alisson through injury.

Keller gave away a penalty in the second half that was converted for the equaliser but otherwise cut a commanding presence in goal as the Danish hosts dominated for much of the second half.

Whelan told Football Insider: “You look at the young players coming through that football club. Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Rhys Williams, Neco Williams, Kelleher.

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“The young goalkeeper, he’s been superb from what I’ve seen. Commanding, pulls off the saves, really calm and confident in possession, which you have to be at Liverpool.

“Jurgen Klopp has given him his chance at the right time and he’s grabbed it. Oh my God, it’s so hard for young goalkeepers, any tiny mistake gets punished, there’s no hiding place.

“He’s really impressed me, Kelleher, what an impressive keeper he is, he’s the best of the emerging players so far. Good luck to the young man.”


Kelleher has made seven first-team appearances for Liverpool so far, three of which have come in the past week in the Premier League and Champions League.

The Republic of Ireland international will be confident of keeping his place for Sunday’s clash against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

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