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Kelleher reacts to decisive penalty save in Liverpool-Arsenal thriller

Liverpool FC v Arsenal FC - Carabao Cup Round of 16

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool saving a penalty during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield on October 30, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

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Caoimhin Kelleher’s first senior start for Liverpool didn’t give him much to do, but his second was a whopper.

Kelleher was under siege over 90 minutes in a 5-5 thriller with Arsenal in the League Cup before making the only save of the shootout, denying Dani Ceballos to put the Reds in the quarterfinals.

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The character needed to stand tall after allowing five goals at home is immense, and the 20-year-old Kelleher found it in him to make the decisive play of the day.

“I’ve done a lot of work with the keeper coach on saving penalties,” Kelleher said. “It was a crazy game to be a keeper, I didn’t have time to blink. It’s what dreams are made of, winning a shootout in front of the Kop. The atmosphere was amazing, I’ve never experienced anything like it.”


What a moment for the youngster, and it will be interesting to see whether Jurgen KIopp makes him his goalkeeper for the tournament now that the Reds are just three wins from silverware. Either way, he’ll have this night in his pocket for the rest of his life.

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