Liverpool have opened talks with Caoimhin Kelleher in regards to an extension on his pre-existing contract at Anfield, according to reports.
This comes from the Irish Examiner. They say communication has already begun over an extension for the 22-year-old goalkeeper. His current deal is due to run until the end of next season.
Kelleher, in many ways, has enjoyed a breakout season at Anfield this term, having cemented himself in recent months as Jurgen Klopp’s natural deputy to Alisson Becker.
Klopp has entrusted the Irish shot-stopper to feature between the sticks in five first-team fixtures this season, four of which took place in the Premier League and Champions League.
The report adds that Kelleher’s progression as Liverpool’s No.2 means the end is near for Adrian. The Spanish goalkeeper is expected to leave Anfield at the end of the season.
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And as a result, Klopp is ready to showcase how integral Kelleher will be to the Liverpool boss’ long-term plans.
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There is no doubt that Kelleher – who earns £15,000 a week, per Spotrac, is deserving of his contract extension following a number of outstanding performances.
The Liverpool academy graduate was handed a surprise Champions League debut back in December during the 1-0 victory against Ajax. Kelleher stepped in for Alisson, who was nursing a hamstring injury at the time.
It was a dream debut for the Republic of Ireland international, who helped book Liverpool’s passage into the knockout stages with a stunning last-ditch save to deny Klaas-Jan Huntelaar a late equiliser.
Such an assured and mature performance was subsequently rewarded with an inaugural Premier League start in Liverpool’s following fixture against Wolves.
Kelleher made it back-to-back clean sheets during a stunning 4-0 victory. After the match, he revealed that Alisson had reached out to Kelleher personally to congratulate him following two outstanding debuts in both the league and in Europe.
“It’s been a decent week! What can I say?” Kelleher said as per the club’s official website. “Two debuts in one week, it’s been a bit of a mad one.
“I’ve just been trying to take my opportunities when I’ve had them. I’ve had two games, and felt I did well in them. That’s all I can do.
“Definitely on the weekend, I felt more comfortable after playing in midweek. The more games you play, the more comfortable you feel.
“My phone was buzzing for about three days afterwards, just from friends, family, former coaches, everyone really.
“Alisson texted me as well just to say well done, and that he was proud of me.
“The messages were all nice and supportive, so it was good to get them.”