Jurgen Klopp praises Irish goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher after Liverpool win in Dublin 1 year ago

Jurgen Klopp praises Irish goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher after Liverpool win in Dublin

"An outstanding talent."

Liverpool recorded a comfortable 5-0 victory over Napoli in Dublin on Saturday evening. In their penultimate pre-season game ahead of the new Premier League campaign, Jurgen Klopp's side strolled to a win.

James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno got the goals in front of 51,000 spectators at the Aviva Stadium, all of whom appeared to be there to cheer on Liverpool.

It was only a pre-season friendly, but there were enough signs to suggest that they will be a dangerous team over the next nine months.

In the post-match press conference, Liverpool's goalkeepers were the main focus of attention - as has been the case for the past few months. However, rather than discussing errors, there was only positive feedback for Klopp's 'keepers.

Alisson Becker made his debut for the club and showed flashes of his talent. Caoimhin Kelleher didn't get on the pitch in Dublin on Saturday, but his manager appears to really rate the young Irish goalkeeper.

Alisson, who Liverpool made the most expensive goalkeeper in the world earlier this summer, played a role in the opening goal of the game. The Brazilian launched a thunderous long ball towards Salah which eventually led to Milner scoring. It's very early days, but Alisson looks a significant upgrade on Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius and appears to have the trust of his teammates and Liverpool supporters.

"He's a very good footballer," Klopp said when asked to give his assessment of Alisson's performance.

"It was an all-around good performance for his first game. Especially as I think everybody can imagine what happens inside the human being playing the first game after all the things were written about it and all that stuff.

"That was the strongest side we played so far (in pre-season). They had nearly their full squad here. He (Alisson) was very, very aware of all situations when he was needed behind a high-line. We involved him a lot in our build-up, he needs to get used to that a little bit more. So, that helps, but in the end, he's there to catch balls, he did that and I'm really pleased."

Klopp then spoke about Kelleher, the young goalkeeper from Cork. The 19-year-old played 45-minutes of Liverpool's pre-season win over Manchester United in Michigan last week and kept a clean sheet in front of over 100,000 spectators.

With Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet potentially leaving the club this summer, there is a chance that Kelleher could be Liverpool's number two for the upcoming season. He certainly has the backing of his manager.

"He's an outstanding talent," Klopp told reporters.

"A very cool boy, very cool with the ball, we saw that in a pre-season game that he played. In front of 100,000 or 60,000, he's not really bothered about that. That's a very important skill. He was an outfield player in his youth. He's been a goalkeeper for a few years, but he must have been a very good outfield player as well. He has fantastic reactions.

"If nothing serious happens, he has a really fantastic future. I don't know at the moment how many really good goalkeepers Ireland have, but one more isn't a bad thing. I like him a lot and happy to have him in our squad."

Liverpool's final pre-season game is against Torino at Anfield on Tuesday. They begin their Premier League campaign at home to West Ham next Sunday.