Liverpool are reportedly considering an unexpected replacement for Caoimhin Kelleher in the backup goalkeeper position, anticipating the possibility of the Irishman leaving the club in 2024.
Kelleher, having served as Liverpool’s primary backup to goalkeeper Alisson Becker for three to four years, surpassed Adrian in the pecking order. Despite being 25 years old, some find it surprising that Kelleher still at the club, not due to a lack of skill but rather because he may be too talented for the backup role while Alisson is present.
While admitting that Kelleher doesn’t warrant more playing time than Alisson, observers note that his capabilities exceed the seven Premier League appearances he has accumulated.
Jurgen Klopp has dismissed the idea of Kelleher leaving in January but is reportedly worried that the goalkeeper might leave later in the year, as per The Sun.
According to reports, Celtic in the Scottish Premiership has expressed interest in Kelleher, even with two years remaining on his contract.
Should Kelleher decide to leave, Liverpool would need to secure a new backup goalkeeper, as Adrian is viewed as a short-term solution.
Klopp is reportedly eyeing Sunderland’s Anthony Patterson as a potential addition to Liverpool’s roster from the Championship.
A product of Sunderland’s academy, Patterson has served as their primary goalkeeper since early 2022, contributing to their promotion from League One and sustained presence in the second tier.
Throughout the previous Championship season, Patterson played a pivotal role, being ever-present as Sunderland reached the play-offs in their first attempt since returning to the level below the Premier League.
In the current season, he has maintained his consistent performance, playing every minute of league action and conceding only 30 goals in 27 Championship appearances.
Liverpool have taken notice of Patterson’s impressive displays; however, Sunderland have the goalkeeper under contract at the Stadium of Light until 2028. Notably, the report does not specify any asking price set by Sunderland for their number one goalkeeper.
Patterson Would Play Less at Liverpool
If Liverpool’s interest proves genuine, Patterson must weigh the prospect of reducing his playing time for the opportunity to step up to a more formidable club. Despite not turning 24 until May, he remains a young goalkeeper with room to further hone his skills within the Liverpool setup.
While playing consistently is crucial for player development, considering Alisson’s contract with Liverpool until 2027, Patterson would need to adjust his expectations regarding playing time if he were to join a club of Liverpool’s stature.
The presence of other potential suitors vying to elevate him to the top flight is still unclear. Additionally, it’s important to note that Sunderland is on the fringes of contention for the play-offs, striving to make a return to the Premier League for the first time since the 2016-17 season.
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