Virgil van Dijk Sends “World Class” Kelleher Message as the Goalkeeper Prepares for His Longest Extended Spell for Liverpool

Caoimhin Kelleher is poised to assume an extended stint in goal for Liverpool following Alisson Becker’s injury.

Virgil van Dijk has provided a resounding backing of Caoimhin Kelleher’s abilities, describing him as “world class,” as the goalkeeper readies himself for an extended period as Liverpool’s first-choice keeper.

Kelleher showcased his talent with an impressive performance as Liverpool secured a 4-1 victory over Brentford on Saturday, ensuring the team maintained their position at the summit of the Premier League.

The Republic of Ireland international, who recently played in the home game against Burnley due to Alisson Becker’s absence because of flu, found himself called into action once again. This time, the emergency arose after Alisson suffered a hamstring injury during training on Friday.

Liverpool’s medical team awaits test results to gauge the severity of Alisson’s injury, which is reminiscent of a previous absence due to a similar issue earlier in the season.

As a result of Alisson’s injury, Kelleher is set for an extended period of playing time with Liverpool. The 25-year-old goalkeeper is now in line to start consecutive games, with his first potential outing being the Premier League match against Luton Town on Wednesday.

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Following this, he is expected to start in the League Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.

And Liverpool skipper Van Dijk said: “I always said that he is a world-class goalkeeper. It is very difficult to be a second keeper but there is no shame in being second goalkeeper to one of, if not the best goalkeeper in the world.

“He has to step up now and everyone needs a bit of confidence and everyone should give him the confidence that he will do the job. Everyone needs a bit of love from the outside. Hopefully Saturday will help him carry on and take that confidence into the next game.”

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