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'I've been patient'; Caoimhin Kelleher feels it's time for first-team football

Liverpool youngster Caoimhin Kelleher wants first-team football – and he’ll move away to get it.

Caoimhin Kelleher has been at Liverpool for a while now but doesn’t seem close to the first-team. He joined in 2015 and has progressed enough to earn some League Cup appearances but that’s about it.

Kelleher is a clear third-choice. Alisson is the undisputed no.1, with Adrian backup, but there’s little suggestion that the Irishman will play anytime soon.

And according to the player himself, he was close to leaving earlier in the season. Alisson’s injury, however, put an end to that.

“There were a few clubs interested, there was talk of going to Holland but an injury to Alisson at the wrong time killed anything for me,” he said, per the Irish News.

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“We’ll just review it and see what happens in the future. I wouldn’t say I’m frustrated. Of course, I want to play games as soon as possible.

“I’ve been patient. I have good patience. If January comes and I get out, that’s great. And if I don’t get out, I’m not going to blow up.”

 

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It’s about the best attitude you can have, in truth. Kelleher wants games and needs games, otherwise he’s not going to develop properly.

But there is a suggestion that Kelleher is close to playing games for Liverpool.

The club kept him around because Alisson was injured, meaning he’s behind only Adrian. And Adrian did not play well while deputising for the Brazilian.

Thus we can’t help but wonder just how far behind Kelleher is. Would he have played in the Premier League if Alisson were out longer? We’re not sure – but he very well might have, given Adrian’s form.

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And that puts Kelleher in an interesting position. Adrian’s initial two-year contract expires at the end of this season and the 21-year-old might fancy that backup spot.

Which could explain his eagerness to go elsewhere on loan. If he can impress, perhaps that no.2 spot is his, should Adrian leave.

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