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Who is Caoimhin Kelleher? The Liverpool goalkeeper who could make debut in Champions League clash tonight

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Liverpool could be forced to called upon young goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher in tonight’s Champions League clash with Red Bull Salzburg.

The Reds welcome the Austrian champions to Anfield this evening with Adrian in goal as he continues to fill in for injured number one Alisson.

Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher could face Red Bull Salzburg
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But should anything happen to the Spaniard, Jurgen Klopp will have to bring 20-year-old Kelleher off the bench for his senior debut.

The youngster returned to training recently following a broken wrist and has been included in Liverpool’s matchday squad in the past few weeks.

Liverpool star Alisson Becker has been out for several weeks
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Kelleher, a 20-year-old from Cork, joined Liverpool from Ireland’s Ringmahon Rangers in 2015 and has since progressed from the academy to the first-team fold.

He has featured regularly for the Reds youth sides in recent years and made 11 Premier League 2 appearances for the Under-23s last season.

He is yet to make his senior debut but was on the bench for their Champions League final win over Tottenham in June and for their FA Cup third round defeat to Wolves in January.

He received his first senior call-up to the Republic of Ireland national team in November 2018 but is yet to win his first cap.

Caoimhin Kelleher was on Liverpool’s bench for their Champions League final win over Tottenham in June
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Kelleher signed an improved contract with Liverpool last August and made three friendly appearances for the senior side in pre-season last summer.

He said: “The manager has said I’m doing really well at the moment and to keep going the way I am. The contract is just a sign of how well I’ve been doing.

“[My ambitions now are] just playing games with the U23s and training here every day. I’m improving every day, training with the players. That’ll be my aim.”

Adrian was the hero in Liverpool’s Super Cup win over Chelsea
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