Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher revealed what moment led to Alisson Becker impulsively sending him a text, while Jurgen Klopp provided an update on the club’s lengthy list of injuries.
The Reds bounced back in style after their disappointing draw with Brighton.
Victories-to-nil were achieved over Ajax and Wolves, with the former ensuring Liverpool’s status as Champions League group winners has already been secured.
Nevertheless, a trip to Midtjylland now awaits on Tuesday evening, and Klopp provided an update on the club’s injury situation in his pre-match press conference.
The German said (via the Liverpool Echo): “No [update], which is good news”
“Nobody suffered any kind of problem or injuries or whatever from the last game which would rule him out for the next one.”
Hopes had been high Thiago could join Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita in returning to the matchday squad, but Klopp confirmed no other personnel is yet ready to return.
“On the other side, nobody is close enough to return to the squad,” he continued.
“Our squad has already been pretty young. We have four, five, six players I think involved in the squad during the whole campaign so far.
“Yes, they will travel and then we will make a decision.
“We have a session today, yesterday we had a session for the players who didn’t play in the Wolves game, and so the one session we have together today, I still have a few hours to make the decision.
“I will use the time and my line-up is not finalised yet, so they will all play a part in my thinking. So we will see.”
Kelleher reveals Alisson text
Alisson’s hamstring injury suffered in the draw with Brighton opened the door for Kelleher to impress.
The youngster was selected ahead of Spanish veteran Adrian, and did not disappoint.
He said (via the Liverpool echo): “It’s been a decent week! What can I say!? Two debuts in a week is a bit of mad one, but been a good week.”
“I’ve just been trying to take my opportunities when I get them. I’ve done well in 2 games but that is all I can do.”
“I think it’s definitely getting easier. On the weekend I felt more comfortable than [Ajax]. It was a class feeling going down and having fans there singing. Hearing them sing You’ll Never Walk Alone was class.”
“I think I’ve just been focusing on getting better and to be ready if an opportunity came. I’ve just trained and prepared. I was told day before Ajax game I would be playing.”
“[Last season’s games] I knew I could have done better but we had a lot of youngsters again strong teams so I wasn’t too hard on myself. Didn’t spend too much time worrying about it.”
Kelleher’s superb reaction save from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar rubber stamped Liverpool’s victory over Ajax one week ago.
The save was both impressive and timely, and Kelleher revealed it even led to a message of support from Alisson.
“It was an instinct, reaction save really,” he said. “I got it away to safety, that was a nice moment. When the manager came racing on, it was a nice moment too. “My phone was buzzing for about 3 days from friends, coaches, family. Alisson text me too.”
Liverpool are expected to field a makeshift team versus their Danish opposition tomorrow, but Kelleher appears set to retain his place.
Regarding his goalkeeper selection, Klopp said: “Line-up wise we haven’t made a decision but you don’t change a goalie too often. I haven’t thought about it but that is probably a good sign.”