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Highly-rated Irish goalkeeper rewarded with new Liverpool contract

Caoimhin Kelleher was described as ‘an outstanding talent’ by Jurgen Klopp during pre-season.

IRISH GOALKEEPER CAOIMHIN Kelleher has been rewarded with a new contract by Liverpool after impressing Jurgen Klopp in a number of pre-season appearances earlier this summer.

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The 19-year-old has today committed his future to the Reds having been part of the club’s academy system since 2015.

Kelleher made his first-team debut in a friendly against Blackburn Rovers in July and was part of Klopp’s squad for the pre-season tour of USA, making appearances against Manchester City and Manchester United in the Champions Cup.  

Klopp described the Cork native, who has represented Ireland at underage level, as an ‘outstanding talent’, and today’s news is a further indication of just how highly rated he is at Melwood. 

“I’m very happy to sign a long deal with the club,” the teenager said.

“I’m really enjoying my football here so I was happy to sign. Once the deal came in and I was happy, it was an easy decision really.

“I’ve been doing the same things but getting better every day. Training at Melwood, you improve much more. Alisson and Simon and Kamil are here and we train to the highest level every day.”

Kelleher added: “The manager has said I’m doing really well at the moment and to keep going the way I am. The contract is just a sign of how well I’ve been doing.

“[My ambitions now are] just playing games with the U23s and training here every day. I’m improving every day, training with the players. That’ll be my aim.” 

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