Cork keeper Kelleher working his way back to fitness away from Anfield

Cork keeper Kelleher working his way back to fitness away from Anfield
Liverpool's goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher has had to work on his knee injury remotely with the season shut down. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

CORK super-keeper Caoimhín Kelleher has nearly recovered from a knee injury, even if the Premier League season is no closer to restarting. 

The Irish U21 international damaged the medial ligament in his left knee when lining out for Liverpool U23s in February. The general course of action is an eight-week programme of rehab at the Pool training base in Melwood.

With Covid-19 shutting down the sporting and wider world, the Leesider has had to work remotely with physiotherapist Joe Lewis and rehabilitation fitness coach Dave Rydings.

Speaking to the official club website, the former Ringmahon Rangers underage star, who started out as a striker before finding his calling in between the posts, revealed to Shaun Williams he is "nearly back to full fitness".

Former Ringmahon Rangers keeper Caoimhín Kelleher. Picture: Larry Cummins
Former Ringmahon Rangers keeper Caoimhín Kelleher. Picture: Larry Cummins

Kelleher was initially on crutches before progressing short jogging near his house and then light goalkeeper-specific drills.

“I have a good programme that Joe has sent on to me and I’ve just been doing that, so it’s been working. Obviously I’d rather be at Melwood but [can’t be with] the situation.

“I’ve been doing them, videoing them and sending to him and he’s been looking at them and seeing if I can change anything, but it’s been all good.

“My other fitness and gym stuff, Dave has been looking after and he’s been sending me my programmes for that. So I’ve just been in contact with them, letting them know that all my sessions have been OK and my knee is feeling alright, so it’s been fine."

Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

The 21-year-old, who impressed in the League Cup earlier this season, has also been in touch with Alisson Becker, Adrian and Andy Lonergan via the Reds’ goalkeeper chat on WhatsApp.

“We have a goalkeeper group chat that they [coaches John Achterberg and Jack Robinson] have sent drills into. The last few weeks I haven’t been able to do them, but probably starting this week I’ll be able to do them. They’ve been sending drills in for all the goalkeepers that we can do to keep our fitness up and stuff like that.

“We [also] have a whole group chat with all the players and staff so everyone is in that, letting each other know how everyone is. Obviously people have seen that we have regular sessions on Zoom with yoga and different stuff like that so it’s all been good. It’s been nice to see each other.” 

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