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Update On The Future Of This Liverpool Keeper: Can Klopp Afford To Lose Him?

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In a recent report, The Sun offered an update on the future of Liverpool keeper Caoimhin Kelleher. It has been claimed that the Reds are preparing to let the Irish custodian leave as he is eager to get more first-team football.

Kelleher’s Decent Numbers In English Football This Season

Kelleher has been an important member of Jurgen Klopp’s match-day squad this season but has often found himself behind Alisson Becker in Liverpool’s pecking order. The 24-year-old has made three senior appearances for the Reds during this campaign, conceding three goals and earning two clean sheets in the process across all fronts.

The Irish sensation has done well by averaging 2.5 long balls per game in the EFL Cup. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball from the back based on his pass completion rate of 77.9% in the League Cup (stats via whoscored).

Kelleher is under contract at Anfield until the summer of 2026. Thus, there is no immediate need for the Reds to cash in on him at the end of this campaign.


Can Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Afford To Lose Kelleher?

Kelleher has proven himself to be a capable pair of hands in between the sticks for Liverpool, especially in the domestic cup competitions in recent seasons. He has got good reflexes that help him pull off a few solid stops at the back. The Irish talent has earned a reputation for being a great penalty-stopper at the Merseyside club. He can even distribute the ball well when he is playing with confidence on the field.

At the moment, Kelleher remains an essential member of Jurgen Klopp‘s squad at Anfield. He has helped the Reds taste success in domestic football recently. Thus, the Liverpool head coach simply cannot afford to lose him unless he can find a suitable replacement for him at the end of this season.

At 24, Kelleher’s best years are ahead of him. However, he has failed to challenge Alisson Becker for a regular starting spot at the Merseyside club. Thus, it is only logical for the player to seek a move elsewhere in search of more first-team action next season.

The Reds should focus on loaning Kelleher out this summer rather than cashing in on him as he has what it takes to become a future number-one goalkeeping option at Anfield, especially if Alisson’s form declines as he gets older over the next few years.

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