Report: Liverpool may sell Caoimhin Kelleher to free up funds for Jude Bellingham
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Report: Liverpool may sell Caoimhin Kelleher to free up funds for Jude Bellingham

Liverpool could sell goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher and defender Nat Phillips to free up funds to use in the transfer market, according to journalist James Pearce.

As per his report for The Athletic, the Reds will be looking to continue their streak of selling players for impressive transfer fees, in order to make the funds available for top-class arrivals.

It means that Kelleher could depart in the summer, while there has been some talk that Phillips could make his exit as early as this month.

The Merseyside outfit currently see this as a way of progressing towards another rebuild, with Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham at the helm.

Consequently, Pearce claims Jurgen Klopp’s side have a couple of obvious contenders to move on.

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Irish goalkeeper Kelleher is seen as a potential outgoing at the end of the season. The 24-year-old is a huge talent, meaning it will be difficult for Liverpool to keep him on as their second-choice keeper next year. Kelleher hopes to play regular first-team football, so a departure away from Anfield is somewhat likely.

Secondly, another player who could command a fee in the market is Phillips. According to the Liverpool Echo, the centre-back is expected to leave the club this week, with a number of sides interested in securing his services. It has also been said previously that he hopes to get a chance to move away this month.

Kelleher and Phillips could leave

Even if the pair are sold imminently, this barely puts a dent in the fee needed to land Bellingham at Anfield.

While Phillips isn’t expected to leave for a fee above £10m, Kelleher could command more, as he could definitely be a starter for a number of teams in the Premier League.

However, it will be a massive shame to see the Irishman go, as he has always been excellent when called upon in a Reds shirt.

Klopp has always been extremely complimentary of the shot-stopper, having claimed he’s an ‘outstanding’ player who is the ‘best number two’ in world football.

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The trouble is, Alisson Becker may just be the best number one in world football. With the 30-year-old on Merseyside, chances will always be limited for Kelleher.

Therefore, with a player of his talents, there is no way he should spend his career used as a back-up option who sits on the bench week-in, week-out.

Consequently, while it will be sad to see the 24-year-old leave, it is a necessary next step in his career – and one which is fully deserved.

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