Jurgen Klopp has hinted Caoimhin Kelleher may make his Premier League debut after his impressive performance in Liverpool's win over Ajax.
Kelleher, 22, kept a clean sheet and showcased his excellent distribution in the 1-0 victory on Tuesday, which ensured the Reds qualified for the Champions League last 16 top of their group.
The Irishman was deputising for No.1 Alisson, who is set for a further 10 days on the sidelines with a minor hamstring injury.
In the Brazilian's absence, Klopp hinted Kelleher may keep his place in the starting XI for Sunday's Premier League clash with Wolves.
"He is a hard worker and there’s no doubt that he will deal with all the fuss around him really well," Klopp said of Kelleher.
“It was a big call to throw him into that game [against Ajax] but thank God, it worked out. That’s unfortunately not always the case, that doesn’t make the players worse, it is just the wrong timing of the manager.
"Caoimhin is a sensationally talented goalie. And for goalies it’s really difficult, goalies have to wait.
"They can be exceptional but they have to wait for their chance because there’s only one keeper on the pitch and if this keeper plays for 10 years in a row, it’s pretty difficult.
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"You can be still a wonderful goalie and nobody will see. Now he got the chance and I think he convinced everybody.
"He didn’t have to convince us, obviously – we thought it will be like this. But he convinced everybody, that’s good."
Despite his glowing verdict of the youngster, Klopp refused to appoint Kelleher as Alisson's principal back-up over Adian, who made 18 appearances last season.
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The Reds boss added: "Adrian doesn’t deserve just to be written off now, there’s no reason for that. He supported Caoimhin in an exceptional way. After he got the information that he would not start, he behaved unbelievably.
"Really, really a lot of respect for that. He expected it actually, but anyway a lot of respect for it.
"And Caoimhin did well. So, there are not a lot of reasons I could mention in this moment to say he will not start against Wolves.
"But there is training in between and other things, he has to stay fit, we have sessions. All this kind of stuff.
"But he has done enough to convince me, but he did that already months and years ago. Sometimes you have wait for the right moment and we thought the right moment came on Tuesday."
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