Caoimhín Odhrán Kelleher (born 23 November 1998) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Liverpool and the Republic of Ireland national team.
Speaking to reporters after the game with Leicester City in 2021-22 EFL Cup , Jürgen Klopp praised the goalkeeper’s performance, saying: “He is a great goalkeeper. Caoimhín has a lot of talent, he plays well with his feet and he has a very good understanding of the game. This is not the first time he has been a part of this brilliant game, but it was a step forward for him and he was able to save us in this game. “I am really satisfied with his performance.”
Early Life and Career
Kelleher joined Liverpool’s academy from Ringmahon Rangers in summer 2015. He featured regularly for Liverpool’s side during their pre-season programme of 2018 and was part of the squad that travelled to the United States for Liverpool’s summer tour. On the second of January 2022, he started the match against Chelsea, in the first official match with safe standing in the premier league.
In August 2018, he signed a new contract with Liverpool. He was an unused substitute for the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final against Tottenham Hotspur. In winning the Champions League, he became the 12th Irish footballer to do so and the first for over a decade.
Though he was recovering from wrist surgery, Kelleher was on the bench for Liverpool’s victory in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea in Istanbul due to the absence of first-choice Alisson. He made his competitive debut for the club on 25 September 2019 in an EFL Cup Third Round match, keeping a clean sheet against League one side Milton Keynes Dons, in a 2–0 away win.
On 1 December 2020, he started and kept a clean sheet in a 1–0 victory against Ajax in the Champions League. Five days later, Kelleher was named in the starting line-up for a Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers. He kept a clean sheet in the match, a 4–0 win, which was his third consecutive shutout for the club. At 22 years and 13 days, Kelleher became the third-youngest Liverpool goalkeeper to keep a Premier League clean sheet and the youngest to do so on his first league start. After several strong performances, manager Jürgen Klopp confirmed that Kelleher had been promoted to second choice, behind Alisson and ahead of Adrián. It was also reported that Liverpool were seeking to sign Kelleher to a new long-term contract on improved terms.
On 24 June 2021, Kelleher signed a new long-term deal with the club until 2026, saying “For me, it was a positive moment to commit my future to the club for the next few years. It’s such a big club and it’s an honour to be a part of it, so when I got the chance to sign for a few more years I was obviously delighted.” James Pearce, who covers Liverpool F.C. for The Athletic said that it was “Reward for his impressive progress last season,” and that he was now Alisson’s Number 2.
Kelleher featured for the Republic of Ireland U17s in the 2015 U17 European Championships.
He was capped by his country at under-17 level in 2014, making his debut against Malta. He has also been capped at under-19 and under-21 level.
On 6 November 2018, he was named in the senior Republic of Ireland squad for the first time for the friendly match against Northern Ireland on 15 November and the UEFA Nations League match against Denmark on 19 November 2018.
He was called up again by the senior national team in March 2019, whilst still part of the under-21s.
On 8 June 2021, Kelleher made his senior Ireland debut, coming on as a half-time substitute against Hungary in a 0-0 draw.
Family Life and Siblings
Kelleher is the younger brother of fellow footballer, Fiacre Kelleher. He has three other older brothers who played hurling.
Caoimhín Kelleher is currently single and not in any relationship for now. Caoimhín Kelleher is also not yet married.
Net Worth and Salary
Caoimhín Kelleher earns £312,000 annually playing for Liverpool FC.
Caoimhín Kelleher’s net worth as of 2022 is estimated at around $500, 000 – $2 million.