Liverpool goalkeeping coach confident Caoimhín Kelleher can progress at Anfield

Liverpool goalkeeping coach confident Caoimhín Kelleher can progress at Anfield

Cork keeper Caoimhín Kelleher during a Republic of Ireland training session. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

LEESIDERS have high hopes that Caoimhín Kelleher can make a mark in the Premier League.

The 21-year-old has already featured for Liverpool in friendlies and the League Cup and also collected a Champions League medal as a member of the squad in 2019.

However, he has yet to force his way past Alisson and Adrian and into Jurgen Klopp's starting 11. Many believe a trip on loan to get regular first-team action is vital for him to progress.

However, Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg explained to the Sunday World that he feels he can keep progressing through training with the elite squad at Anfield. 

"He would like to play games and obviously that would be easier if he went out on loan, but the problem for us is we need three good goalies and he is one of our three,” he said of the Ringmahon Rangers graduate.

"We know it would be hard to find a keeper as good as him if we let him go out on loan. It's not the ideal solution for him and maybe playing matches would be what he needs now, but he is training with top players every day at Liverpool, playing in our U23 games and that will allow him to continue to progress."

Picture: INPHO/Matti Matikainen
Picture: INPHO/Matti Matikainen

Achterberg makes the argument that working with Alisson and learning from those "high standards" will pay off for Kelleher in the longer term.

"The higher level you train at every day allows you to take your career up to the next level, but it would be the best solution for him to have a spell on loan at some point.

"What I would say is we would have no issue putting him into a game and I know the manager has faith in him as well.

"This manager shows great interest in everyone in his squad. He appreciates that you need a big squad to win anything and it might be that we need to play our third-choice keeper in a big game at some point."

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