Corkman in line to start for Liverpool in Premier League clash

Corkman in line to start for Liverpool in Premier League clash
Liverpoll goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher. Pic: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

CORK-born goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher could be in line to start in the Premier League for Liverpool this weekend after the European Super Cup winner’s Spanish stopper Adrian suffered a freak injury.

Kelleher (20) has just returned from a wrist injury himself but Adrian suffered an ankle problem after a pitch invader jumped on him during celebrations for Liverpool’s penalty shootout victory over Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Former Ringmahon Rangers schoolboy Kelleher will now face competition for a starting place away at Southampton on Saturday from emergency signing Andy Lonergan.

The Kop’s first-choice keeper Brazilian Alisson is out for a few weeks.

Kelleher is highly-rated by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Kelleher in action for Ringmahon Rangers
Kelleher in action for Ringmahon Rangers

He said recently: “I could say a lot about him but it’s not so important, if you ask the players then they all like Caoimhín,” said Klopp.

“If you are number three [goalkeeper] in a big club and you have any situation in training where you have five or six men to rely on you, they are really happy with Caoimhín’s performances.

“He is a really big talent and he has all the time in the world. The good thing is that good goalkeepers can play, I don’t know, until 40-something so there is a lot to come from him and it will be exciting.”

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