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“Some great goalkeepers on show”- 24-year-old Liverpool player explains how he will use World Cup break

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Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher reveals plans for World Cup break

Liverpool goalie Caoimhin Kelleher will be a part of the mid-season training camp for the Reds who are not travelling with their national teams for the World Cup. The 24-year-old shot-stopper has already missed a major chunk of the season due to a hamstring injury and would hope to contribute more in the second half of the season.

However, he started in the Reds’ EFL Cup game against Derby County and crucially held his nerve in a penalty shootout to take the Reds through to the next round. Caoimh has established himself as a trustable deputy to Alisson and was crucial in Liverpool winning last season’s EFL and FA Cup.

The break in the current campaign gives a wonderful opportunity for players who are not taking part in the World Cup to get a substantial amount of rest and return back to the league’s nitty-gritty with a recharged battery and go all guns blazing.

Liverpool star, Caoimhin Kelleher, with manager Jurgen Klopp.(GETTY Images)
Liverpool star, Caoimhin Kelleher, with manager Jurgen Klopp. (GETTY Images)

Speaking to the club’s official website about making the best use of this break, here is what Kelleher had to say about following other goalies as well:

“There’ll obviously be some great goalkeepers on show there so it’ll be great to watch them and try to learn some stuff from them while they’re playing,”

In 18 appearances across all competitions for the Reds, Kelleher has nine clean sheets. However, the player is approaching his prime playing days and will hope to gain more minutes at the club.

But with Alisson at the helm, it is difficult for any keeper let alone Caoimh to get into the Starting XI. But the fact that the Brazilian star will play almost every game for his national team this World Cup would mean that he will get a substantial break on his return as well.

Caoimhín Kelleher is Liverpool's Carabao Cup hero.
Caoimhín Kelleher is Liverpool’s Carabao Cup hero.

Knockout Kelleher for the Reds

That would give Kelleher the window and opportunity to rise and shine and strengthen his case for a spot in the Starting XI more often than not, and also help secure his position at the club, which seems a bit vulnerable at the moment as the Irishman could wish to leave the club next summer per The Express.

With top-class keepers playing this World Cup, we could hope for him to learn a trick or two from these names, and incorporate them into his game to help himself and Liverpool achieve greater goals. His own Reds teammate, Alisson, is expected to play each game for Brazil in Qatar.

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He’s pretty good himself, in all honesty. One can imagine that there will come a time when Kelleher puts his foot down and demands more playing time – be it here or elsewhere – if Alisson continues to retain that spot for the coming years.