Speaking to the official LFC magazine recently, Caoimhin Kelleher opened up on his new nickname, what he wants to achieve at Liverpool, competition with Alisson and the progress of youngster Marcelo Pitaluga.
Kelleher On His 'Octopus' Nickname
As reported on Liverpool's official website, the Irish shot stopper was asked about the 'Octopus' nickname given to him by James Milner after impressing in a training session.
“It was quite a compliment, but the senior players are quite complimentary here,”
“They’ll let you know if you’re doing well and that’s good because it boosts your confidence as well when you hear players of their stature giving you praise.”
Kelleher on Ambitions
Kelleher went on to talk about what he and the club are looking to do moving forward.
“We just want to be as competitive as we can.”
“A club like us, a team like us, we want to be challenging for the Premier League, the Champions League and everything we can."
“I just want to push Alisson as far as I can in training every day and to learn as much as I can as well. When I get opportunities to play I want to do the best I can and just keep performing well.”
Kelleher on Marcelo Pitaluga
“It’s been really good to train with him,”
“He’s been here nearly a year now so we know him quite well, but he had an injury so it was great to see him back in pre-season."
“He’s been doing really well, pushing on, and I think all the goalkeepers are quite close as a group. We train really well together and it’s a good group to be part of.”
Kelleher has proved to be more than able deputy to Alisson when called upon.
He was impressive in saving a penalty in the Carabao Cup win at Norwich and will be thrust into action again on Saturday when Liverpool face Watford at Vicarage Road as the Premier League resumes.
The absence of Alisson who will be returning late from International duty will give the young Irishman another opportunity to prove that he is exactly what Liverpool need to push their Brazilian and compete for a first team spot.
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