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Report: Liverpool sneak in Liam Hughes signing amid defender hunt

Liverpool have signed Liam Hughes from Celtic, according to reports. The Reds aren’t just searching for defenders, it seems.

This comes from Neil Jones at Goal. He says Liam Hughes has joined Liverpool from Celtic, including a nice little photo of the teenager in his Reds gear.

The 19-year-old goalkeeper will join the Under 23 team going forward.

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Well, we’re not just after centre-backs today, then. We didn’t see this one coming.

It’s a move that makes complete sense, however. Caoimhin Kelleher was the Under 23 goalkeeper but leapfrogged Adrian in the senior setup this season.

There’s now space in the youth setup and Liverpool have filled it quickly. Kelleher can now entirely focus on his role as Alisson’s understudy.

It’s a deal that also suggests Adrian isn’t long for Liverpool. Plugging that Under 23 gap just completely confirms Kelleher as a first-team option, after all.

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There’s no real going back from there, especially as the Irishman is in his early 20s and only getting better. The ageing Adrian is highly unlikely to ever unseat him.

Liverpool appear happy with Kelleher, then, which is great news. We really like him, too and think he has a bright future.

Will he ever topple Alisson? Almost certainly not. But he’s a very able backup who can play a supporting role over the next few years.

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Eventually, the time will come that he’ll want regular first-team football and then, hopefully, Hughes is ready to step up and replace him.

Although, there is Marcelo Pitaluga in the youth setup, too.

Regardless, Liverpool now have a series of promising young goalkeepers – assuming Hughes is exactly that. We’ll admit to not exactly watching a lot of Celtic’s youth teams over the last few years.

All in all, though, a promising signing that solidifies the goalkeeper situation at Liverpool.

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