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Ireland boss: Kelleher "one of the best" but needs game time

Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny has said that Caoimhin Kelleher needs to play regular football to fulfil his potential.

The goalkeeper has overtaken Adrian to become Liverpool’s second-choice between the sticks.

However, his national boss believes that this may not be enough for him to reach his best level.

Speaking in a pre-game press conference today, Kenny said: “Caoimhin got some games at Liverpool – but it’s very, very hard to play at Liverpool because you’ve got one of the top goalkeepers in the world, Alisson, playing ahead of him and it is difficult.

“Ideally, you’d want Caoimhin to go and play regular games because he’s probably potentially one of the best goalkeepers that we’ve had.

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“Yet we won’t know that unless he continually plays games, so that’s interesting.”

Kelleher may need to leave Liverpool if he wants to play for Ireland

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This has been a breakout season of sorts for Kelleher.

He made five Liverpool appearances in 2020/21 as Alisson struggled with injury. It would have been more had Kelleher not had a few fitness issues himself.

He was very impressive in each of his games. It seems clear that he has great talent.

While he is yet to make his senior international debut, Kelleher is in line to push for Ireland’s No 1 shirt.

Darren Randolph is now 34, so hasn’t long left on the international stage. Kelleher is seen by many as the long-term goalkeeper for his country.

However, he will struggle to do that if he is not playing regular football, as Kenny said.

There is no chance he will displace Alisson. So maybe his future will have to lie elsewhere.

It is a pity for Liverpool because he has the potential to be a fantastic No 2 goalkeeper.

However, for his own sake, maybe Caoimhin Kelleher should leave Liverpool in the not-too-distant future.

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