It’s been a meteoric rise for Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher.
The 22-year-old Irish shot-stopper stepped in when Alisson Becker was sidelined through injury in December.
In what was a whirlwind few days for the Cork goalkeeper, he made his Champions League and Premier League debut.
It was almost a 100% record, but a 1-1 draw in Denmark against FC Midtjylland after Liverpool won 4-0 and 1-0 at Anfield against Wolves and Ajax respectively.
Despite just making eight first-team appearances for the Reds, Kelleher has a Champions League, Super Cup and Premier League winners medal under his belt.
I hate facing all the strikers.
“Confidence is getting killed every time I play, obviously it’s the best training you can get facing probably three of the best attackers in the world on a daily basis it takes your game to another level, it’s class.
“[On the front three] They’re just so in sync and so in tune with each other, it’s unbelievable to watch.”
It’s been a tough ride for the Irishman, he was third in the pecking order behind Alisson and Adrian.
However, a poor run of performances from the Spaniard, including a 7-2 thrashing at Villa Park saw him fall behind Kelleher in the goalkeeping ranks at Anfield.
Since his debut in the Premier League and Champions League, he has featured in the EFL Trophy with the Under 23’s and the FA Cup third round win over Aston Villa.
Turning 23 in November, he will be looking to increase the pressure on Alisson as number one goalkeeper.
With 10 appearances for the Republic of Ireland Under 21’s, he will be looking to establish himself with Stephen Kenny and earn his first senior cap at international level.