Liverpool want David Marshall, according to reports. It’s a move that only makes any sense at all if their 22-year-old leave on loan.
The Daily Mail claims Liverpool want a goalkeeper and are looking at David Marshall. That’s 36-year-old third-choice Derby County goalkeeper, David Marshall.
He was Scotland’s no.1 for Euro 2020, of course, but hasn’t featured for the Rams to kick off the season. In fact, he hasn’t made the bench.
You can read our initial thoughts here but we figured we’d try to explain why this might happen. After all, this isn’t the kind of transfer fans have been crying out for.
Why do Liverpool want David Marshall?
This would only make any sense to us if Liverpool are sending Caoimhin Kelleher out on loan. That’s literally the only reason.
Kelleher is currently Liverpool’s no.2 behind Alisson Becker. It’s a decent position to be in for a 22-year-old but also not very ideal.
We think Kelleher has great potential. He showed last season that he’s surprisingly comfortable at Premier League level already and may have the ability to play regularly.
Showing that at 22 isn’t easy. It also suggests that Kelleher might have great potential if he develops correctly.
That development isn’t going to come while sat on Liverpool’s bench, however. He need regular football at either Championship or Premier League level.
Perhaps, then, Liverpool can find him that before the transfer deadline. It would be a way to make sure Kelleher develops into the top player he appears to be.
And if that is the case, signing Marshall as a backup option does work. Liverpool wouldn’t want anyone who would block Kelleher’s path on return, while their options will also be limited this late in the window.
So in that scenario, signing Marshall makes sense. In any other? It would take some explaining.