On a number of occasions, Kelleher was required to break the confines of his penalty area to head the ball to safety, but the 22-year-old could do nothing as Conor Bradley brought down Dimitris Giannoulis in the 42nd minute.
Thankfully, the goalkeeper’s trailing legs kept out the resulting spot-kick from Christos Tzolis, keeping Liverpool a goal up heading into half-time.
A header from Divock Origi and another from Minamino sealed a comfortable win for the Reds, with Kelleher now having kept five clean sheets in his 10 appearances for the first team so far.
During that time, the Irishman has conceded 13 goals, but 10 of those came in two wild games against Arsenal and Aston Villa in the League Cup in 2019 – the latter as part of an academy side managed by Neil Critchley.
Kelleher is enjoying a burgeoning reputation for club and country, but as it stands he is behind Portsmouth’s Man City loanee Gavin Bazanu for the No. 1 shirt for the Republic of Ireland.
“Kweev is a top goalie,” Klopp said.
“[It was] important for him that his international coach can see that he’s really good!”
Kenny has regularly spoken about how Kelleher’s lack of appearances at club level are holding him back from taking up first-choice duties for Ireland.
“But it’s just that he’s not playing.”
However, while Bazanu is a reliable starter for Portsmouth, that Kelleher is able to step in, effectively cold, to replace Alisson and perform so well for Liverpool should work in his favour.
Among his record of clean sheets have come shutouts against Ajax in the Champions League and Wolves in the Premier League – the Reds’ third choice, Adrian, has only kept one more in 24 outings, for six in total.
It is a difficult situation for Kelleher, given the standard set by Alisson, but all he can do is keep putting in the performances whenever he is called upon.