Report: Liverpool believe they can postpone difficult talks with 'exceptional' player until 2023
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Report: Liverpool believe they can postpone difficult talks with 'exceptional' player until 2023

Liverpool believe they can postpone talks over the future of Caoimhin Kelleher for another year, according to reports. The Irishman is in a difficult spot.

This comes from David Lynch writing for Liverpool.com. He claims that Liverpool want to postpone talks with Caoimhin Kelleher around his future at the club.

Kelleher is currently Liverpool’s no.2 goalkeeper but is a very talented one. And at 23, he’ll see a bright career for himself – but that won’t include sitting on the bench for most of it. Unfortunately, that’s simply the realistic situation at Liverpool.

And everyone reportedly recognises that. However, the Reds still want Kelleher as their backup goalkeeper and hope he’ll play that role next season. It means there are difficult talks ahead in 2023 but for now, Liverpool should get what they want.

Caoimhin Kelleher and his Liverpool future

We know Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of Kelleher. He’s labelled him ‘exceptional’ in the past and trusted him between the sticks in the EFL Cup final. Trust that the Irishman paid back.

But again, there’s a limit to how good Kelleher can be if he’s regularly sitting on the bench. Alisson Becker is the best goalkeeper in the world, in our eyes, and certainly the best possible fit for Liverpool – Kelleher will struggle to get beyond him. Anyone would.

So realistically, Liverpool can’t keep Kelleher in their squad for too much longer. Goalkeepers do usually peak later than most, so things are still comfortable while the player is young, but there needs to be regular football at some point.

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Now, we don’t see how that’s at Liverpool any time soon. That makes this a decision between cashing in or loaning out – and we’re hoping for the latter.

It’s something that could seriously benefit Kelleher and it’s very possible to go out on loan before returning as a superstar. Thibaut Courtois did it with his two-year spell at Atletico Madrid. A similar standard of club is beyond Kelleher right now but the right loan could be the making of him.

And if all goes well, perhaps he can replace Alisson down the line. It’ll take first-team football to find out, though.

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