Watch lucky Liverpool keeper Caoimhin Kelleher escape red card vs Cardiff

LIVERPOOL GOALKEEPER Caoimhin Kelleher was relieved after avoiding a red card against Cardiff City this afternoon.

The Irishman, 23, deputised for regular No1 Alisson for the FA Cup clash against the Bluebirds.


Caoimhin Kelleher could have been sent off by referee Andy MadleyCredit: ITV
The Irishman was shown a yellow


The Irishman was shown a yellowCredit: Reuters

His afternoon’s work could have come to a premature end, however, when he brought Mark Harris down just 36 seconds into the second-half.

Harris had been sent in behind by a searching long ball, when Kelleher rushed out.

He found himself in no man’s land, flooring the Cardiff winger around 35 yards from goal.

Referee Andy Madley opted to show Kelleher a yellow card, despite the Bluebirds’ protestations.

And a VAR check confirmed his decision, despite further dissenting views.

Some felt that, even with Liverpool having a covering defender, Kelleher’s challenge was reckless enough to warrant a red.


Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, who also played for Cardiff, felt that the Reds goalkeeper could have been sent off.

He tweeted: “Think he could be gone here.”

Cardiff were left licking their wounds just seven minutes later, when they went behind.

Liverpool ace Diogo Jota expertly headed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s set-piece home to give Jurgen Klopp’s side the lead.

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Diogo Jota celebrates his opener with Takumi Minamino


Diogo Jota celebrates his opener with Takumi MinaminoCredit: Getty