Liverpool chiefs scrap Jan plan in favour of exciting promise for new star

Date published: Tuesday 8th December 2020 10:15

Curtis Jones, Caoimhin Kelleher

Liverpool are ready to call off their January hunt for a new deputy goalkeeper after Caoimhin Kelleher’s recent rise, according to a report.

Football Insider claims that the Reds had targeted a new back-up goalkeeper as a priority in January. Adrian‘s contract will, as it stands, run out next summer.

The club have the option to extend the deal by 12 months but Liverpool will reportedly allow him to leave.

Indeed, Kelleher’s recent explosion into first-team action is one of the main causes for the club changing tack.

Manager Jurgen Klopp picked the Irishman against Ajax due to his ability with the ball and distribution; the 22-year-old played an outfield role until the age of 14.

But he went on to make a number of key saves in his Champions League debut, before similarly impressing in his Premier League bow against Wolves on Sunday.

While they will let one goalkeeper go, though, Liverpool also reportedly plan to tie Kelleher down to a new deal.

Football Insider says that the club will hand the stopper a ‘lucrative’ deal to replace his current contract, which expires in 2022.

And with the current number two soon on his way out, Reds chiefs will give Kelleher the opportunity to prove his worth as Alisson Becker’s back-up.

 

 

That role has proved crucial since Alisson’s arrival; the Brazilian has suffered calf, shoulder and hamstring problems since signing from Roma in the summer of 2018.

Kelleher could play again on Wednesday when Liverpool face Midtjylland in the Champions League.

The match is a dead rubber – Klopp’s men are guaranteed top spot and their Danish opponents are rock bottom in Group D.

Wijnaldum hails ‘unbelievable’ Kelleher

Caoimhin Kelleher

Elsewhere, Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has hailed Kelleher’s performance against Wolves.

The goalkeeper made several key interventions in his second successive game to keep a clean sheet.

And Wijnaldum has paid a “really big compliment” to the club’s latest star.

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