Adrian will sign a new contract with Liverpool, according to reports. The Spaniard will also take on a bigger role once again
This comes from the Daily Mail. They claim Adrian will sign a new Liverpool contract imminently.
Adrian’s current contract expires at the end of the month and that left Liverpool a little vulnerable. Especially after making the decision to send Caoimhin Kelleher out on loan.
The Reds believe Kelleher will benefit from regular first-team football and want to find it for him. But that would leave them without backup for Alisson, especially if Adrian left the club.
Thus they will renew Adrian’s contract, loan out Kelleher, and give the Spaniard the no.2 spot he lost last season. That’s actually something of a promotion.
Adrian to sign new Liverpool contract
A strange one. Liverpool definitely believe Kelleher is the better goalkeeper, yet he’s not the one they’ll have next season.
Though, it does make sense. Kelleher didn’t play all that much last season but he quickly proved his potential. He looks perfectly capable of playing in the Premier League – even Champions League – despite being just 22.
A season of regular football would be a magnificent learning experience for the Irishman. It’s also the only way we see him fulfilling that potential.
Alisson is injured a fair amount for a goalkeeper but not so much that Kelleher would get the necessary number of games. Liverpool really should find him a loan.
But if they do that, Adrian’s departure makes things awkward. We imagine they want at least two goalkeepers, after all, and probably three. If they lose the Spaniard, they’d have to sign someone.
And bringing in a backup goalkeeper – someone who will barely play – isn’t easy. Especially as Liverpool don’t have that much money to begin with, per the Athletic.
So they’d be looking at free or cheap transfers for players who are okay with barely playing. You’re not going to get a quality goalkeeper like that. You might as well just stick with the one you’ve got – at least you know him and his fit in the squad.
We won’t be surprised if Liverpool sign someone else to give themselves three goalkeepers. But perhaps they’ll simply promote a youngster to third-choice.
Giving Adrian that second-choice spot is almost certainly part of his deal, after all. We can’t imagine he’d accept a third-choice role when Real Betis are also talking with him.
So as we say – it’s strange. Kelleher’s potential pushed Adrian down the pecking order last season. This season, however, that same potential will open up a spot and see the Spaniard promoted right back to where he was.