Liverpool’s Irish goalkeeper Caoimhn Kelleher claims he is reaping the rewards of his partnership with other goalkeepers at Anfield.
As he strives for success in Liverpool and the Republic of Ireland he is learning from Alisson, the club’s number 1, as he establishes himself as the Brazilians backup.
Kelleher stated that “It’s an excellent environment to learn with such experienced coaches, goalies, and so on,” BBC Radio 5 Live.
“We have Alisson, a world-class pianist, and Adrian, who are two experienced senior pros who have really helped me as well as the young lads who have come up from the academy.”
Since joining the club in 2015, the 23-year old Republic of Ireland international has made 14 appearances with the senior side. He also played a key role in their penalty shootout win against Leicester City in last month’s Carabao Cup quarterfinal.
Alisson signed a new six-year contract last summer, committing his long-term future to club. However, it is still difficult to secure a regular starting position. Kelleher is certain that he will benefit from the Brazil star’s daily presence on a daily basis.
It’s a pleasure to train with him every single day. To raise your standards and level by just watching him use the techniques and how calm and calm he is when in any situation,” he said.
“His positioning skills are excellent. He makes saves other goalkeepers might find difficult but he makes it look very easy when it’s actually an excellent save.
“His handling is excellent, catching ball that other keepers would miss.” He will always help me if I ever need to talk to him about any topic.”
Kelleher will need to play more first-team football if he is to win the Republic of Ireland No. 1 jersey, as Gavin Bazunu is currently the incumbent.
Claudio Taffarel, Brazil’s legendary goalkeeping coach, joined Liverpool’s coaching team last November.
Taffarel joined Jack Davies and John Achterberg as coaches to help the club build their “own philosophy of goalkeeping”.
The 55-year-old will combine the role with his goalkeeping coach job for Brazil, where he is legendary. Taffarel saved a penalty against Italy in the 1994 World Cup final to help them win.
Kelleher stated that although I wasn’t meant for this, it was still something I would do as a goalkeeper.
“It was a big boost, especially for a goalkeeper, to know that he was coming into the team. He was very enthusiastic to work with us and has been a great player.
“He’s a goalkeeping icon so it’s great to be able to collaborate with him.”