Caoimhin Kelleher was on the receiving finish of a well-known Jurgen Klopp bear hug after conserving a clear sheet in Liverpool’s 1-Zero win over Ajax.
The Reds academy goalkeeper was most well-liked to Adrian to deputise for the injured Alisson, who’s sidelined with a minor hamstring damage.
And Kelleher justified Klopp’s determination by denying Noussair Mazraoui earlier than pulling off a point-blank save from a Klaas-Jan Huntelaar header late on.
His saves and Curtis Jones’ second-half aim noticed Liverpool progress to the knockout levels of the Champions League and Klopp ran straight to the 22-year-old at full-time.
The Liverpool boss has hugged a number of of his gamers on the finish of matches over time – and Kelleher was the most recent one to be embraced by the German.
He had solely made 4 cup appearances for the Reds, earlier than making his Champions League bow.
Cork-born Kelleher insisted Liverpool’s children are prepared to enhance the group.
He informed BT Sport: “I work on daily basis in coaching to ensure on the subject of a recreation I’m prepared and ready. Fortunately I used to be in a position to make a number of good saves.
“That’s what we [youngsters] are there for me. We’re not right here simply to participate, we need to push on daily basis and play as many video games as we will.
“You possibly can see that we’re truly making a distinction and enhancing the group as effectively.”