Jurgen Klopp says Caoimhin Kelleher‘s “natural footballing ability” saw him come in for the injured Alisson instead of Adrian against Ajax on Tuesday.
Liverpool secured their qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League with a 1-0 win over Ajax, with Curtis Jones’ smart finish enough to see them through.
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And Kelleher excelled on his Champions League debut, making a key save in the 88th minute to deny Ajax an equaliser.
And Klopp says Kelleher’s “natural football playing ability” saw the 22-year-old start ahead of the more experienced Adrian as Alisson’s deputy.
“Yeah [Kelleher was fabulous]. I really think Adrian did for us an incredible job when he came in late last season,” Klopp told BT Sport.
“I don’t know how many clean sheets, Super Cup final, Champions League, played everywhere. But now, in this game we needed the football playing ability, the natural football playing ability of Kweev.
“And because he’s a really good shot-stopper as well, we made that decision. They are all calm in the moment when they get the information but there’s a difference to be that on the pitch.
“I’m really happy how he dealt with it and how calm he was and how good he was. It was a good game!”