Caoimhin Kelleher prepares for the biggest match of his career
With Caoimhin Kelleher faithfully guarding his goal, Liverpool reached the Carabao Cup final for the first time since 2016. So it’s only fair that it’s Kelleher who steps onto the pitch at Wembley to help see the team through. through .
Kelleher calls this final the “biggest game” so far in his career, but as the day draws closer, he says he relies on his old rituals and routines to fight his nerves and help him settle down. to prepare.
“To be honest, what I would rather do is maybe just go about it like I would a normal game, to be honest, and treat it like that,” Kelleher told the official website.
“We prepare well all the time as a goalkeeping unit, so I think doing that and being ready for the game will be my main focus.”
A trip to Wembley is always an event, and one this early in the season could be a huge confidence boost as the team continue their Premier League and Champions League runs.
“I’m really excited,” he added. “It’s what everyone dreams of when you’re a kid: going to Wembley to play in a cup final. It doesn’t come much bigger than that so I’m very excited, the whole team is excited and it’s going to be a big occasion.
Liverpool are set to take on Chelsea, who are fresh off their Club World Cup victory and will be looking to add to their tally for the season.
“Obviously a very tough opponent,” he admitted. “We had two tough games against them and very intense games for both of us.
“We will try to learn from the two games we have already played, try to be prepared for this game and hopefully we will be ready for them and try to get the win this time. But it will be a tough game , without a doubt.
Both of Liverpool’s games against Chelsea this season have ended in draws, so expect Sunday’s fixture to be another close game, especially as cup finals tend to be scrappy affairs .