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Klopp explains why he picked Kelleher over Adrian

Wed 02 December 2020 | 9:55

Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the performance of the young goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher last night and bigged him up after the Reds victory over Ajax in the Champions League.

Liverpool

started the game against the Dutch side with the young

Irish goalkeeper

after Alisson was sidelined due to a hamstring issue. 

Kelleher

, 22, caught the eye with several good saves and helped his side to maintain their 1-0 victory, and also became the second goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet on his first game for the Reds in the Champions League.

Klopp

revealed why he chose Kelleher over Adrian, as he believes the young goalkeeper is doing better with his feet than the Spaniard.

"

Top. Top, top, top,

" the Liverpool manager told a news conference.

"It is a situation, which I have to say, it was easy to decide for Caoimhin because he just deserves it, but it was difficult to decide against Adrian because he did really well for us: a lot of clean sheets, what a season last year, Super Cup final and all these kind of things.

"He did a really good job, but we needed the package of Caoimhin – and he is a top talent anyway, but a really good shot-stopper and a top footballer, so I like that.

"We needed that for the pressing of Ajax, we needed his chips from him into the half-spaces and these kinds of things. That was really good, but of course in the end it is all about saving, keeping the ball out of the net, and he did that at least twice in an exceptional manner. I am pretty sure he will either sleep really well or not at all, but he will enjoy both."


source: SportMob