Liverpool star wants more game time after signing new long-term deal

Date published: Thursday 24th June 2021 1:18 - Robert McCarthy

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Promising young Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher wants more game time after signing a new long-term contract with the club.

The 22-year-old has committed his future to the Reds after making five first-team appearances in a breakthrough season on Merseyside. Indeed, Kelleher stood out as he featured in both the Premier League and the Champions League for Jurgen Klopp’s injury-hit squad.

Speaking about the new contract, the Republic of Ireland international told Liverpoolfc.com: “I am happy to get it over the line and finally done. It was in the pipeline for a few months with negotiations and stuff. I am delighted to get it done.

“For me, it was a positive moment to commit my future to the club for the next few years. It’s such a big club and it’s an honour to be a part of it. So when I got the chance to sign for a few more years I was obviously delighted. I just want to keep my progress going at the club, really.”

After four games in the domestic cup competitions for Liverpool in 2019-20, Kelleher then made his Champions League debut for the club on December 1 last year against Ajax.

His maiden Premier League appearance came against Wolves just five days later. The youngster impressed as he kept clean sheets in both games.


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Kelleher hunting for game time

And injury prevented Kelleher from getting more game time before the end of the campaign.

But he admitted that 2020-21 was a huge season for his development, adding: “It was a big year for me in terms of playing the first-team games this year and more important games.

“Being thrown into the Champions League and Premier League games was big for my development and being able to handle that.

“It gave me a lot of confidence to try to push on, to try to keep pushing Ali [Alisson] because I can play at that kind of level as well and do well. I am looking forward, try to keep pushing him and we’ll see what happens.”

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