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Jurgen Klopp admits he spoke to 25-year-old about leaving Liverpool recently

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that he held discussions with Caoimhin Kelleher about leaving the club.

Kelleher is set for a big role over the coming weeks, with regular No.1 Alisson Becker facing a spell on the side-lines with an injury,

It’s an overdue chance for the Irishman, who has been stuck behind Alisson since breaking through from the academy in 2019. His lack of game time had led to suggestions that Kelleher may leave the Reds during the summer.

And speaking to the press about the 25-year-old yesterday, Klopp confirmed that there were some ‘discussions’ held about that possibility.

“He is in general a focused person,” said the manager, when asked if Caoimhin is ready for his chance. “You will not see him in a bar tonight celebrating the clean sheet [against LASK on Thursday]. So, that’s not a problem. Caoimhin is prepared for that, he wants that now.

“We had discussions about it in the summer obviously. But as long as we don’t have a solution we cannot loan players. He’s home grown, all these kinds of things. The first responsibility is to do the best for Liverpool and we have to see how we can sort it. Now for him it’s a situation he didn’t want to have but, obviously, somehow yes, because you want opportunities, you want to play. Now he will get a few games, definitely, and yes, I trust him.”

Kelleher ready for starting spot

Had Kelleher left to be a number one elsewhere in the summer, you wouldn’t find many Liverpool fans begrudging him of it.

The Ireland international has been a fine No.2 to Alisson and deserves the chance to step up.

Now 25, Kelleher is at an age where he should be playing regularly. With Ali going nowhere, supporters would be generally happy to see Caoimh go and do well at another club.

Kelleher ready for starting spot

However, having said all of that, Liverpool should now be thankful that Kelleher stayed put.

He isn’t a perfect ‘keeper and has looked a little rusty in the early parts of this season. But against LASK on Thursday, he really showed what he’s all about. For a handful of games, the Reds can cope without Alisson.

This little run should also be enough to determine where Kelleher’s future may lie. If he steps in and performs well, it will really show that he can do a job for a Premier League side. That could lead to a sale next summer.

Should the academy graduate come in and look shaky or uncertain though, then maybe it will seal his future as a No.2.

Both scenarios may be no bad thing for Liverpool in the long-run. However, for this little patch of games, it would be helpful if Kelleher can do his best impression of Alisson. We’re all counting on you, Caoimh!

 

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