Liverpool’s 21-year-old reserve goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher had been expected to leave on loan over the summer, with player and club in agreement he needed first team football to continue his development.
An injury to Alisson in the opening weeks of the season, though, derailed those plans and saw the young ‘keeper kept as backup to Adrian. Now, he’s hoping for a January loan, possibly to a club in the Netherlands.
“There were a few clubs interested,” the player noted. “There was talk of going to Holland but an injury to Alisson at the wrong time killed anything for me. We’ll just review it and see what happens in the future.
“I wouldn’t say I’m frustrated. Of course, I want to play games as soon as possible. I’ve been patient. I have good patience. If January comes and I get out, that’s great. And if I don’t get out, I’m not going to blow up.”
It won’t just be Liverpool and the player interested in a January loan and first team playing time—Ireland’s national team boss is watching on, too, seeing Kelleher as his future number one but knowing he needs seasoning.
“We really need Caoimhin Kelleher to get matches under his belt because he is ready to play for us now, we feel,” Stephen Kenny said this week. “He is good enough to play for Ireland but he’s not playing matches.
“He was supposed to go on loan to Holland, but when the first choice got injured at Liverpool that move was pulled. He wants to go on loan and certainly we feel we would have benefited from that.”