Former coach reveals Liverpool keeper used to star in shock outfield function
Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher used to star as a centre-forward whereas enjoying as a teen, based on his former coach.
Kelleher turned the hero underneath the Anfield lights on Tuesday together with his efficiency in opposition to Ajax. In his Champions League debut, the 22-year-old put in a superb efficiency to assist the Reds into the final 16.
The Republic of Eire stopper made various essential saves, together with one late on. He denied Klass-Jan Huntelaar’s highly effective header from shut vary to maintain the rating at 1-0.
Chatting with the Liverpool Echo, nonetheless, Kelleher’s former coach has revealed how the participant solely turned a goalkeeper round seven years in the past.
Eddie Harrington, who used to mentor Kelleher for Ringmahon Rangers within the Cork Schoolboys League, has stated that he used to star up entrance.
“Working alongside Alisson, who is without doubt one of the greatest keepers on the planet, a few of that’s sure to rub off however you’ve obtained to keep in mind that Caoimhin was an outfielder for a few years,” Harrington stated.
“He solely went in aim at Beneath-14s degree and that was solely about seven years in the past. That’s an enormous transition. We taught him to go it out from the again however he most likely had the footwork from being an outfielder.
“He was an excellent centre-forward and represented his county in that place.”
Harrington additionally revealed how Kelleher solely modified positions after a “probability” request from his father.
Kelleher’s shock change of place
“For 3 or 4 years he was our centre-forward and it was solely an opportunity telephone name from his father to myself that modified all the pieces,” he stated. “We had an under-age goalkeeper who left as he didn’t need to play anymore.
“Ray, his father, known as me and requested: ‘Will you place Caoimhin in aim?’ Myself and the opposite coaches like Kevin O’Leary had been reluctant as we had been going to lose our most important striker.
“We stated: ‘That’s a bit mad’ however we thought let’s take Ray’s phrase on this as a result of he felt his boy may quantity to one thing within the place as he had achieved a bit of coaching with him.
“We simply threw him in and that was midway by way of the Beneath-14s season. It’s bizarre how issues work out, it obtained the ball rolling in that regard.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp stated that he picked Kelleher as a substitute of Adrian for his capability on the ball.
Nevertheless, his all-round efficiency has turned heads and despatched a promising message to Liverpool’s academy ranks.
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