Caoimhin Kelleher scored Liverpool’s 11th goal in their penalty shootout against Chelsea before Kepa Arrizabalga slipped through to hand the Reds their ninth Carabao Cup title
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The Reds won the title for the first time in a decade after 120 minutes of intense play, followed by an equally harrowing penalty shootout at Wembley on Sunday.
Kelleher failed to save any of the first Chelsea free-kicks he faced but converted his own effort before Liverpool were crowned champions as Kepa Arrizabalaga slipped across the bar.
Kelleher is the latest in a long list of goalkeepers who have won major trophies with Liverpool, alongside club legends such as Alisson, Jerzy Dudek, Bruce Grobbelaar and Ray Clemence.
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The Reds honored their amazing savers with a giant mural at their Kirkby training ground, coached by their goalkeeping coach, John Achterberg, last year.
And Klopp informed Kelleher his face would be etched on the wall alongside greats past and present after he helped Liverpool win.
Recalling his conversation with his manager, the Irishman told Sky Sports: “He [Klopp] just said “it’s good to score the winning penalty, there’s a wall with all the goalkeepers who won the trophy so now you can go on with that.”
Interestingly, Kelleher admits he forgot his penalty was a penalty, while he also believes a draw is a fair one after extra time and extra time.
“It’s a crazy thing,” he added. “I was close to a few when it happened to me, I didn’t even think I had scored a successful penalty.
“I forgot that I won. All the players are classy, I’m just happy to score. It gets hit more and hopefully. I was close but all the penalties. were all very high quality, luckily we were able to win.
“I think we scored when we conceded a disallowed goal but they had a couple of disallowed goals so I think a draw overall is a fair result.”
Joel Matip thought he had given Liverpool the lead in the second half before the goal was disallowed for offside by centre-back Virgil van Dijk.
In the opposite direction, Chelsea saw three goals for the same reason, meaning nothing can celebrate the two teams after 120 thrilling minutes.
Kelleher – who made some excellent saves during the game – picked up power and height with a kick in the decisive position before Kepa stepped up and shot wide over the bar.
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