Caoimhin Kelleher sends message to Man Utd as Liverpool seek to avoid second nightmare

Liverpool keeper Caoimhin Kelleher insists he has no fears about going back into the Old Trafford madhouse.

‌Kelleher, 25, has been outstanding for the table-topping Reds in the absence of injured No 1 Alisson Becker this season and will once again be Jurgen Klopp ’s last line of defence when Liverpool face old foes Manchester United.

‌His first appearance at Old Trafford saw him concede four times as United knocked their biggest rivals out of the FA Cup last month. But the Irishman’s unflustered temperament was a big factor in why Klopp refused to countenance his departure from the club last summer to secure more game-time.

And Kelleher said: “It was a good lesson. It was my first time playing at Old Trafford – and you could feel the crowd. It’s similar to Anfield in that respect. But we have to manage that better. We will go there and try to control the crowd as much as we can.

‌“I don’t get overly nervous for games. That’s just my personality. I’ve always been quite calm – and it’s worked out well so far. I am quite relaxed on and off the pitch. On it, I trust in my ability – and I’ve always believed in the ability I have. I suppose I take that belief with me and try to show my personality out there

“It’s important that you have the ability to stay level-headed as a goalkeeper because you need to make good decisions in a split-second. You need to be able to stay calm if you are to make the right decisions.”

‌When Kelleher spoke to his manager about leaving Liverpool before the start of the season, Klopp told him he couldn’t allow him to depart.

‌The Liverpool boss assured the Cork-born Republic of Ireland international that he would get minutes on the pitch – and both Kelleher and Alisson have played 24 games this season as the Reds continue to challenge for the Premier League and Europa League.

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