Caoimhin Kelleher was on the receiving finish of a well-known Jurgen Klopp bear hug after maintaining a clear sheet in Liverpool’s 1-Zero win over Ajax.
The Reds academy goalkeeper was most popular to Adrian to deputise for the injured Alisson, who’s sidelined with a minor hamstring damage.
And Kelleher justified Klopp’s resolution 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 phases 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 through the years – and Kelleher was the newest 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 kids are prepared to enhance the crew.
He advised BT Sport: “I work each day in coaching to ensure with regards to a recreation I’m prepared and ready. Fortunately I used to be in a position to make just a few good saves.
“That’s what we [youngsters] are there for me. We’re not right here simply to participate, we wish to push each day and play as many video games as we will.
“You possibly can see that we’re really making a distinction and bettering the crew as properly.”