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Liverpool goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros joins St Patrick's Athletic on loan

Liverpool goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros has joined Irish Premier Division side St Patrick’s Athletic on loan, the club’s official website has confirmed.

The 19-year-old, who put pen-to-paper on a long-term contract extension at Anfield last summer, will make the transition to Dublin ahead of the start of the new season in Ireland next month.

The Czech Republic under-18’s shot-stopper has been with Liverpool since 2017, having joined the club from Slavia Prague.

He was a part of the 2019 FA Youth Cup-winning Reds team that featured the likes of Neco Williams, Bobby Duncan, Rhys Williams, Leighton Clarkson, Jake Cain and Paul Glatzel.

Jaros has also been named in Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League squad on three separate occasions this season. He recently captained the Reds during an EFL Trophy defeat to Tranmere Rovers back in September.

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His inaugural bout in the Irish top-flight could come away against Shamrock Rovers, with the Saints scheduled to face the reigning champions on March 19.

Previously, The Mirror‘s David Maddock described Jaros as being “a genuine prospect in the academy,” and someone who is “rated highly” by Klopp, with the potential to “step up levels next season.”

Jaros himself confirmed the move to Ireland on his Instagram page on Wednesday afternoon.

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With Jaros making the transition to Ireland, it would seem there is a vacated position between the sticks for Barry Lewtas’ U23s.

This is the perfect opportunity for goalkeeper Liam Hughes to solidify his place in the team following his deadline day move from Celtic, per Goal.

The 6ft 3in Northern Ireland U21’s shot-stopper will be competing with Marcelo Pitaulga and Jakub Ojrzynski for the No.1 jersey.

Indeed, Caoimhin Kelleher has also featured heavily for the U23’s this season, though, he is now considered Liverpool’s second-choice goalkeeper behind Alisson Becker.

Hughes, then, effectively arrives as a direct replacement for Ben Winterbottom, who left the Reds for Brentford recently.

Liverpool’s academy is set to be strengthened even further by the imminent arrival of Derby County forward Kayde Gordon.

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