Liverpool are reportedly ready to keep hold of Caoimhin Kelleher despite interest from several Premier League clubs.
According to a report from The Sun, Caoimhin Kelleher could be set to remain at Liverpool in the upcoming summer transfer window. The 23-year-old Irish goalkeeping prospect has become a target for multiple Premier League clubs, but it appears the Merseyside giants have no intention to offload him at the end of the season.
Kelleher has become a sought-after prospect in the market following his heroics in the Carabao Cup final. The goalkeeper produced a solid display in goal, denying the Chelsea attack on multiple occasions. His mammoth performance between the sticks ultimately proved to be critical as Liverpool secured the cup through Kepa Arrizabalaga’s missed penalty.
Kelleher’s performances have earned him praises throughout English football, with former England international David James even urging the Irishman to leave Anfield in favour of a move elsewhere. James believes Kelleher has what it takes to become a Premier League goalkeeper, and for that, he must secure regular game-time.
It has put Liverpool in a difficult situation, especially ahead of a busy summer that could see them lose at least two goalkeepers. Indeed, the Reds are expected to part ways with Adrian and Loris Karius. Both their respective contracts are set to expire at the end of the season, enabling them to leave the club for free.
While neither goalkeeper could make a name for himself at Anfield, their exits could create a massive void in the goalkeeping department. It could bode well for Kelleher, though, with the Reds prepared to make the 23-year-old prospect their primary alternative to Alisson Becker.
With not many alternatives to consider, Liverpool are convinced Kelleher is the right man to deputise for the Brazilian. They may also offer the former Ringmahon Rangers prodigy occasional opportunities to prove himself in the cup competitions next season. Klopp, after all, has done remarkably well to do justice to his goalkeepers and has aptly rotated the squad in the past.
However, given the performances of Kelleher, the 23-year-old will have good reasons to leave Liverpool as well, in search of more regular game-time. So even though the Reds are keen on keeping hold of the Irishman, it will be interesting to see whether they will be able to do so, especially if a Premier League club comes up with an offer to sign the goalkeeper this coming summer.