Monday 18 November 2019

Kelleher thrilled by 'unreal' Anfield drama

Caoimhín Kelleher. Photo: PA
Caoimhín Kelleher. Photo: PA

Caoimhín Kelleher was told by senior colleagues that he had 'nothing to lose' ahead of his penalty shoot-out heroics at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Kelleher's home debut ended in dramatic fashion with a 5-5 League Cup draw with Arsenal followed by the spot-kick dramatics.

His save from Dani Ceballos gave Liverpool the platform to go on and progress to the quarter-finals.

"As soon as the final whistle went, all the focus was on trying to save in the shoot-out," said the Corkman.

"Some of the lads and the coaches said to me, 'You've nothing to lose, just try to be the hero'. And luckily I did it in the end.

"It was a bit of a whirlwind. I'm obviously happy but it's just hard to sum it up at the moment.

"It has all gone by quite quickly. It's just unreal, to be honest.

"It was unbelievable. Once you hear fans singing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' and you're actually playing, it's quite surreal. It's just an unreal feeling. It's class."

The Irish U-21 goalkeeper is poised for continued involvement in the competition due to the Reds' busy fixture schedule, with the Club World Cup set to further complicate their preparations for December's quarter-final with Aston Villa.

Kelleher is also in contention for a place in Mick McCarthy's squad for the Euro 2020 decider with Denmark.

Irish Independent

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