Caoimhin Kelleher appears set to leave Liverpool. Where he goes next will be crucial not only for his career, but also for the Republic of Ireland.
The Irishman has had success at the club despite playing as the Reds’ number two behind Alisson Becker.
Kelleher started the Carabao Cup final, where his valor won the trophy for Klopp’s team. He has been a hero in penalty shootouts.
However, as time passes, it becomes increasingly important that the Cork native begins to play regular first-team football, especially if he wants to be Ireland’s primary goalkeeper.
According to football transfer expert Jacque Talbot, Kelleher is one of several Liverpool players who will be allowed to leave the club at the end of the season.
Joel Matip, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Nat Phillips, and several others have all been heavily linked with the exit door in order to raise funds for new signings, and the young keeper is no exception.
Kelleher stated for the first time earlier this year that he would rather be playing, seemingly setting the stage for a move away.
“I’m quite relaxed, so I don’t mind watching, but obviously I’d rather be playing, so I just try to be as focused as possible when I watch so I’m ready if I’m needed.”
“Listen, I believe we’ve only just returned to the middle of the season. So we’ll just see what the season brings, and then we’ll see what happens after that. But, for the time being, I believe I must concentrate on getting ready for Liverpool.”
Caoimhin Kelleher leaving Liverpool; Where is the next destination?
Given his ambition, Kelleher is likely to prefer remaining in the Premier League. There are many major clubs in need of a reliable pair of hands.
Tottenham Hotspur are likely to cut their losses with Hugo Lloris at this point. The France international has been a loyal servant to the club, but his days in London appear to be numbered.
Kelleher could provide extra cover as a number two, potentially pushing the aging shot stopper out of the lineup. That is less likely at Liverpool with Alisson still in his prime.
Leicester City, who have been struggling to replace Kasper Schmeichel, would be a more likely destination for regular first-team football.
Even though Brendan Rodgers’ team is unlikely to be relegated, they have been struggling and need new blood, so Kelleher might be the best option.
The best option might be to join a Championship club with the possibility of promotion, where he could gain valuable second-division experience and establish himself as a proper number one.
Middlesbrough is having a fantastic season and appears likely to at least make the playoffs. But they have conceded more goals than any other team in the top 10. So, the English manager may be looking to shore up his defense and find a new keeper.