A week after signing veteran backup goalkeeper Adrian to a new deal, Liverpool have given a new contract to another shot stopper, with young Caoimhin Kelleher agreeing a new long-term deal with the club.
The move ensures the club head into 2021-22 with depth at the position, and journalists with ties to the club confirmed Kelleher is viewed as second choice to Alisson Becker and is not expected to be loaned out.
“It was a big year for me in terms of playing the first-team games this year,” Kelleher said of deciding to sign a new contract. “[Getting] Champions League and Premier League games was big for my development.
“It gave me a lot of confidence to try to push on, to try to keep pushing Ali 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.”
When Kelleher started last season third choice, many assumed his future was away from Anfield, but when Adrian stumbled during an Alisson injury absence, Kelleher stepped up to prove he could play a role.
In total, he made five appearances last season, including two in the Premier League and two in Europe. In them he conceded twice and recorded two clean sheets. He also won in his one FA Cup appearance.