Liverpool star pushed to rear of Klopp’s plans reveals exit thoughts as ideal next club named

Date published: Friday 8th October 2021 8:32 - Jonny Whitfield

Adrian, Caoimhin Kelleher, Alisson Becker

Liverpool back-up goalkeeper Adrian has admitted that he could leave Anfield when his current contract expires at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old moved to Merseyside in the summer of 2019 following Simon Mignolet’s departure. The Reds, who had and still have Alisson as their commanding first-choice, needed a new second choice.

Adrian enjoyed a blistering introduction, becoming the penalty shootout hero in the UEFA Super Cup. Since then, he has had various spells in the team when Alisson has been injured.

Despite ending speculation over his future in the summer by signing a new contract, those terms expire at the end of this season.

Speaking to ABC Sevilla, former Real Betis star Adrian opened up on the chances of a return to the club he loves.

“It is not that you want it or not, it is that the circumstances are right,” he said.

“Last time, Betis were looking for a goalkeeper and I was free. I got the chance of Liverpool and look, I signed and have already been here for three seasons.

“I will continue fighting there, the competition is getting tougher.

“But I like challenges and I’m still hard at work. What comes in the future we will see.”

Indeed, Adrian now faces a battle to be Alisson’s deputy. Caoimhin Kelleher, 22, enjoyed a standout week last season when he made his Champions League and Premier League debuts.

He followed up a solid performance against Ajax – where he made a crucial save to keep it 1-0 to the Reds – with a display against Wolves.

Furthermore, the Republic of Ireland international signed a new deal in June and featured in the recent Carabao Cup win over Norwich.

Adrian and Kelleher could fight for a place in manager Jurgen Klopp’s team ahead of the clash with Watford after the international break.

Brazil goalkeeper Alisson may be absent if he features in his country’s plans for their final game of the break next Friday.

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In other news, new England Under-21 boss Lee Carsley has backed Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones to impress after his recent red card.

The 20-year-old has earned another call-up following a starring role for the Reds of late.

Jones scored in the 3-3 draw with Brentford before having a hand in all of Liverpool’s five goals against Porto in the Champions League.

However, he returns to the international scene looking to reinstate his progress with his coaches there.


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