Caoimhin Kelleher wants to show why Liverpool are the Carabao Cup holders
Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher cannot wait for club football to start again and wants to show why the Reds are the holding champions of the Carabao Cup ahead of the clash with Manchester City.
The holders will travel to the Etihad on Thursday (December 22) to take on Pep Guardiola’s side for their fourth-round tie. Kelleher, who was the hero for our victory last season cannot wait to get started.
Speaking to the club website, this is what the 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international had to say:
“Obviously it has been a long break now for all of us – so we’re obviously itching to get back. We can’t wait to start the cup game against City now. We had a good time out in Dubai so we’re well prepared and all raring to go.”
“Our mindset is that we want to win it again. We know it’s going to be a tough game against City but we are the holders and we want to show we’re the holders for a reason. We want to try to progress to the next round and try to win it.”
Kelleher started in four cup games last season, including the final. He was the hero for his side when he saved two penalties against Leicester City during the quarter-finals last season after the game ended 3-3.
He would then go on to score the winning goal in the final against Chelsea in the penalty shootout as Kepa Arrizabalaga would miss his shot. The Reds won the game 11-10 on penalties, as Jurgen Klopp added all possible trophies to win with us to his cabinet.
Things have not changed much for the 24-year-old this season too. He was again called into action during the third round against Derby County in September. The keeper produced three saves in the penalty shootout to help his side progress after a goalless stalemate at Anfield.
Fans will hope to see their side defend the trophy this season. The cup tie will kick-start a marathon of fixtures for the Reds, with the club playing as many as six games in all competitions in less than a month.
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It remains to be seen who all start the game against City on Thursday night. Kelleher, who has our hero in the cup ties will definitely be in contention to start the game.