Liverpool have turned down an offer from a Premier League rival club for one of their players on deadline day.
According to the Daily Mail, Nottingham Forest made a £15m bid for Caoimhin Kelleher, but Anfield officials promptly rejected it. They are hesitant to part with the 25-year-old goalkeeper, valuing him at a minimum of £20m.
Kelleher holds a high regard within the Merseyside club, and Liverpool are reluctant to part ways with him due to his crucial role as the immediate backup to Alisson Becker. Given his importance to the squad, Liverpool are not keen on cashing in on him.
At 25 years old, it would be understandable if Kelleher wishes to seek a move to establish himself as an undisputed first-choice goalkeeper.
He has consistently shown patience, waiting for opportunities behind a teammate widely considered the world’s best player in his position.
Despite Kelleher’s potential desire for a starting role, Liverpool are justified in rejecting Forest’s £15m offer, especially if they value him at a higher amount.
Additionally, with the limited time available before the January transfer window closes at 11 pm, Liverpool would have no opportunity to secure a replacement.
The Irishman has featured in twelve games for the Reds this season, primarily in the Europa League and Carabao Cup, earning him a starting spot in the upcoming final against Chelsea, a testament to his contributions in guiding the team to Wembley (Transfermarkt).
Jurgen Klopp holds a deep admiration for the Cork native, hailing him as an ‘exceptional goalkeeper’ who consistently performs at ‘incredibly high levels’ (Echo Live).
While there might be speculation about Kelleher considering other options in the summer, especially if the next Liverpool manager wishes to bring in their preferred alternative to Alisson, for now, we can find comfort in the likelihood that the Irish goalkeeper will remain with the team for the remainder of the current campaign at least.