Jurgen Klopp has revealed Liverpool’s view on potentially selling or loaning Caoimhin Kelleher.
The Cork-native joined Liverpool’s youth ranks back in 2015 from Ringmahon Rangers FC.
He has since spent many years impressing at under-23 and under-18 level for Liverpool.
Now, in the last few seasons, Kelleher has begun to earn some minutes for the Reds’ senior side.
The Republic of Ireland star made his debut in the League Cup back in 2019 vs MK Dons, keeping a clean sheet in a 2-0 win.
The 23-year-old has since notched a further 16 appearances for the Merseysiders, the last of which saw him help Liverpool clinch the League Cup final vs Chelsea.
Jurgen Klopp on Caoimhin Kelleher
Kelleher kept a clean sheet across 120 minutes vs the Blues before scoring Liverpool’s 11th and final penalty in the shootout.
But with Alisson still clearly Liverpool’s no.1, some may expect Kelleher to move on in the summer – either on loan or on a permanent basis as he has shown he is a solid keeper who could probably cut it for some Premier League sides.
However, Jurgen Klopp has recently ruled out the possibility of selling or loaning Kelleher:
“For young goalkeepers it’s of course about development, and Caoimh developed here incredibly well," said Klopp.
“There’s absolutely no intention to sell him or something like that or give him a loan. Not at all.
“We need a strong number two. Winning a trophy, will that help? You’ll have to ask Caoimh that.
“But he has here a long-term contract and we have a long-term plan with him, but of course we want to help the boy as well become the best version of himself. That’s what we did so far and that’s what we will continue to do as well.
“Maybe there is a year he will have to go on loan, I’m not sure it will be next year or maybe a year later.
"It depends a little bit on Marcelo (Pitaluga), he is already on a good way.
“We have to judge that situation. Adrian is still here and doing an incredible job. We will see."