Cork keeper Kelleher is included in Liverpool's squad to face Red Star in the Champions League

Cork keeper Kelleher is included in Liverpool's squad to face Red Star in the Champions League
Caoimhín Kelleher during a Republic of Ireland training session in Wales back in September. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

THE rise of Caoimhín Kelleher continues after the young goalkeeper was included in Liverpool’s squad for Tuesday’s Champions League fixture away to Red Star Belgrade.

The Ringmahon Rangers graduate is highly rated on Merseyside and inked a new deal back in August though he hasn't yet made his senior competitive debut.

The 19-year-old has been between the posts for a number of friendlies though, including a clash with Man United in America during the summer. 

Curtis Jones, Caoimhin Kelleher and Kamil Grabara after the Man U game. Picture: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images
Curtis Jones, Caoimhin Kelleher and Kamil Grabara after the Man U game. Picture: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

He trained with the Ireland senior squad in September and while there's a long road to the top, particularly as Liverpool's number one Allison was purchased for £67million from Napoli, Kelleher is certainly on the right track.

Kelleher in action for PBC back in 2015. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Kelleher in action for PBC back in 2015. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has been left out for the trip to Serbia with manager Jurgen Klopp explaining the club are keen to “avoid any distractions”.

The 26-year-old was born in Kosovo, an ethnically Albanian province that fought a war of independence against Serbian-dominated Yugoslav forces in the late 1990s. The Serbian government refuses to recognise Kosovo’s independence.

Shaqiri made headlines during the World Cup after celebrating his winner for Switzerland against Serbia by crossing his hands to imitate an eagle, which appears on Albania’s flag.

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