Jurgen Klopp sprinted onto Anfield pitch to hug Liverpool hero vs Ajax

Jurgen Klopp sprinted onto the Anfield pitch after beating Ajax in the Champions League to hug a Liverpool hero.

The Reds secured their place in the round-of-16 with a 1-0 win over the Dutch high-flyers.

Curtis Jones got on the end of Neco Williams’s looping cross, which was horribly misjudged by Andre Onana to secure the win.

But the Premier League champions had two huge hands in the win belonging to 22-year-old goalkeeper Caoimhim Kelleher.

And footage has emerged of Klopp prioritising his congratulations for the Irishman, who was making his second senior appearance for the club.

In the clip, the full-time whistle has gone with the ball deep into Ajax’s half.

The Liverpool boss shakes Erik ten Hag’s hand before sprinting out onto the pitch as the opposing teams exchanged handshakes.

With a big smile on his face, Kelleher knows he is the target of the Reds manager’s affection.

And Klopp comes charging in with a huge bear hug for the shot-stopper after making incredible saves to keep Ajax out.

The 22-year-old pats his manager on the back before taking a moment to enjoy his incredible Champions League debut.

Kelleher came into the Liverpool line-up after Alisson pulled out with a “tight leg muscle” picked up in the 1-1 draw against Brighton.

And the Anfield faithful were full of praise for the 22-year-old as he kept Ajax out.

“Job well done tonight, Kelleher,” one supporter said.

Another commented: “Superb display from Kelleher.”

While a third suggested the reason for the German’s emotional reaction, with: “Klopp wiping away the tears knowing he’s now got a solid backup.”

And a fourth simply added: “What a performance.”

Kelleher’s best save of the night came in the 87th minute, keeping out Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s close-range header with a reaction save.

The Irishman made his debut for the club last season, appearing in a 2-0 Carabao Cup win over MK Dons.

He said after the match on BT Sport : “It was an amazing moment for me. A great night.

“I work every day in training to make suer that I’m ready when the games come.”

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