Liverpool want Ugurcan Cakir, according to reports, and that threatens the future of Caoimhin Kelleher. The Irishman has two months to stop the transfer.
Cakir put in a very good performance against the Netherlands last week and followed that up by keeping Erling Haaland out on Saturday. Although, he didn’t have to do much.
There’s a natural place for Cakir at Liverpool, of course. Adrian will likely leave the club this summer, leaving the backup goalkeeper spot behind him.
Alisson Becker’s injury record necessitates a solid second-choice, too. For £15m, Liverpool would get a 24-year-old international goalkeeper. That’s certainly not bad at all.
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But it would come at more than a £15m cost. It’s hard to see a Red future for Caoimhin Kelleher, after all, if they sign Cakir.
The pressure is on Kelleher, then. He’s got to somehow convince Liverpool that he’s their man for that no.2 spot and he’s got to do it before the transfer window.
For if Liverpool are looking at Cakir, they’ll be looking at others, too.
But it’s easier said than done. Kelleher almost certainly won’t play between now and then. He has to convince them solely from training.
Though, his previous outings this season won’t hurt. The 22-year-old looked good when deputising for Alisson and we feel comfortable with him in goal.
But has he done enough? It’s very hard to tell but it doesn’t look good if Liverpool have their eyes elsewhere.
One thing works in his favour, though. Liverpool will want him to prove them wrong and stop the £15m bid.
After all, there’s no better situation than having adequate squad players coming through your ranks for free, rather than shelling out £15m for them.
Kelleher can save the club money, then. But he’s got two months to prove he’s capable.