Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has suggested that he might be moving on from the club this summer.
As quoted in the Irish Independent, Kelleher said he’ll be sitting down with Liverpool at the end of the season to discuss his future.
“I’m not sure on what’s happening yet,” said the 23-year-old. “I’m still finishing this season and then we will have conversations after that to see what happens. I’m not sure yet. Obviously I need to play these few games and see what happens with these and maybe decide after that.”
That sounds ominous from a player who Jurgen Klopp has previously insisted was not for sale. With plenty of issues to sort this summer, Liverpool could do without Kelleher adding another to the pile.
Kelleher looking for more games
There have been some suggestions that Liverpool could be looking to add a goalkeeper this summer. However, those reports seemed to suggest that would be to supplement Kelleher rather than replace him.
Given Kelleher’s comments though, it looks as though Liverpool might have to plan for life without the Carabao Cup hero.
Front and centre in his mind appears to be securing the number 1 shirt for his country. Kelleher clearly has the talent to do that, but if he isn’t playing at Liverpool then it makes that outcome much less likely.
Should he go in search of more regular football, he could likely get a starting berth at a lower Premier League side. Certainly he could achieve first-choice status at any Championship club.
An unwelcome headache
It would be difficult to replace the man from County Cork. Liverpool have high hopes for Marcelo Pitaluga, but he’s four years younger than Caoimhin.
Adrian could well have played his last game for Liverpool too, as he reportedly looks for more first-team football elsewhere.
That would make signing a back-up to Alisson Becker absolutely crucial in this window. Kelleher’s quality was a huge part of why Liverpool managed to win both domestic trophies last season.
His calmness under pressure and quality with the ball are something you rarely see in a ‘keeper so young.
If he does move on he’ll do so having put his face on the mural at the AXA Training Centre and with the well-wishes of everyone at the club.
But come on Caoimh, there’s still so much to learn from Alisson, give us another year!