According to Birmingham Live, Aston Villa are reportedly interested in bringing Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool as a replacement for Emiliano Martinez. It is understood that the World Cup winner could exit this summer, and Emery is on the lookout for a decent replacement should that happen.
Kelleher’s Campaign With Liverpool So Far This Season
Kelleher has not had a breakthrough in the Premier League so far, as Alisson Becker has limited his numbers. The Brazilian goalkeeper is almost always the first choice for Jurgen Klopp, which has forced Kelleher to play second fiddle to him in the league outings. The 24-year-old has only made three appearances for Liverpool this season, all in cup competitions.
However, the Ireland international has been rated highly since his time at Anderlecht. His contract at Anfield lasts until the summer of 2026, so the Villans would have to agree to Liverpool’s terms in order to sign him at the end of this season.
Should Emery Bring Him To Aston Villa?
One of the most striking things about Kelleher’s playstyle is his agility and quick reflexes. He has a remarkable ability to move quickly and decisively, making him a formidable force in between the sticks. Kelleher’s fast reflexes have allowed him to make some incredible saves, including a number of last-ditch efforts that have prevented some crucial goals throughout his career.
The 24-year-old has a significant command over the penalty area and is not afraid to come off his line to make some crucial interceptions. He fits the bill of a modern ball-playing keeper who remains adept at distributing the ball to his teammates efficiently and can also set up his attackers on a quick counter.
Kelleher’s move to Villa Park hinges on Emi Martinez’s exit, and although Jurgen Klopp would like him to stay, the Reds have made it clear that they would not stop him from leaving at the end of this season. However, the Irishman has stated that he would only exit if he gets regular game time and remains a first-choice keeper, so we’ll have to wait until the summer to know what his future beholds.