Caoimhín Kelleher: 'It's been better this season playing a lot more games this season'

Caoimhín Kelleher: 'It's been better this season playing a lot more games this season'

Liverpool's Caoimhín Kelleher has admitted that it has been better playing more games for the club this season. The Cork native has finally gotten a run of games in the team after his colleague Alisson Becker was ruled out for a number of weeks.

Often resigned to backup keeper, the Ireland keeper has now played four successive senior Liverpool matches for the first time in his career. And after 15 outings already this term, that will become 16 when he plays in the League Cup final against Chelsea this weekend.

Kelleher has been linked with a move away to other clubs because of his lack of game time with Liverpool, and that move will likely come true in the coming months. When asked about his run in the team recently, the Liverpool player said it's been better than it has been.

"Well, I think just at the moment, obviously, it's been better this season playing a lot more games. So, I'm just trying to do as well as I can with those opportunities at the moment. I think that kind of goes hand in hand with international; you know, the better I do here at club level, the chances come more than at international level. So, I'll just try, you know, to play really well here and then try to see what that brings at, you know, with Ireland," said Kelleher, speaking to NBC.

The League Cup final might not be Kelleher's last Cup final with Liverpool, but it will certainly be Jurgen Klopp's last League Cup final. The German has announced that he will be departing the club at the end of the season.

When asked what Klopp has done for his career, Kelleher said that Klopp has given him massive belief and that he will be missed by the players. He now hopes to send Klopp off with a couple of trophies, starting with the League Cup at Wembley this weekend.

"He has always been one to tell you to keep your confidence," he added, speaking to NBC. "You might not have a good game or be feeling the best about your game, but he's always been positive towards me and instilled such confidence in me that I've always kept that belief in myself. He has given me a lot of belief.

"He will be a massive miss. He's the only manager I've had here. It will be a bit strange, but the memories will be good to look back on; he's given me my chance here, and I won a trophy in 2022 with him, and hopefully maybe a few more this season as well."

The League Cup final between Chelsea at Liverpool kick-off at 3pm on Sunday