'Kelleher is the best number two goalkeeper in the world' - Klopp praises Liverpool shot-stopper after Carabao Cup final heroics

Jurgen Klopp hailed Caoimhin Kelleher as the best number two goalkeeper in the world after the Liverpool shot-stopper's heroics in the Carabao Cup final.

The Reds clinched a record-breaking ninth League Cup with a penalty shootout victory over Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.

Kelleher scored the decisive spot-kick to cap a superb all-round display and Klopp was full of praise for the Republic of Ireland international after the final whistle.

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The Liverpool boss still considers his first-choice keeper Alisson to be the best in the business, but he thinks Kelleher is also peerless when it comes to backup options.

“Alisson Becker is the best goalie in the world for me,” Klopp told reporters. “There are other good goalkeepers out there but this goalie is absolutely insane.

“But to be honest for me Caoimhin Kelleher is the best number two goalie in the world as well.

“The game he played tonight was absolutely incredible. I can remember at least two incredible saves, and probably there were more. So he proved that the decision to line him up was absolutely right.

“And then in a very spectacular penalty shootout he showed the whole range of his skill set. He finished one off with his really skilled feet. So top class.

“They call it the people’s cup, but the whole journey was a squad journey, and that’s what I love most about it.”

Kelleher's stellar Carabao Cup campaign

Klopp stuck with Kelleher for the final after starting him in five of their six previous matches in the competition.

The 23-year-old recorded clean sheets against Norwich, Preston and Arsenal before also keeping out Chelsea in the showpiece event.

Kelleher produced a number of crucial saves at Wembley, most notably keeping out a point-blank effort from Christian Pulisic early in the first half.

The Irishman was ultimately unable to stop any penalties in the shootout, but stepped up to score from 12 yards himself and put pressure on his Chelsea counterpart Kepa, who blasted his effort over the bar to hand Liverpool an 11-10 victory.

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