Liverpool in talks to agree new deal for highly-rated stopper

Liverpool have begun negotiations over a new contract for Caoimhin Kelleher, with the Irish star expected to cement himself as long-term cover for the Brazil international goalkeeper Alisson.

He has made major progress since signing for the Reds from Ringmahon Rangers back in 2015, working his way up through the Reds academy ranks and honing his ability.

Until recently, the 22-year-old keeper had set his sights on heading out on loan – having been denied a short-term move to the Eredivisie in 2019 because of an injury to Alisson – but now he has broken into the German coach Jurgen Klopp‘s first-team squad.

Now ahead of the Spanish star Adrian in the pecking order, Caoimhin has made five appearances thus far this season and been on the bench for a further 19 matches, impressing in consecutive starts versus Ajax, Wolves and Midtjylland in December.

This summer will see the keeper enter the final year of his deal with Liverpool, and the Irish Examiner report that talks have now started over an extension.

The youngster is described as being “considered central to Klopp’s long-term plans,” with Caoimhin’s rise effectively spelling the end of Adrian‘s time at the club, as the veteran keeper is set for his release at the end of the campaign.

It is likely that Caoimhin will be eager to commit his future to Liverpool, perhaps with an eye on challenging Becker for the starting spot in years to come.

His contract is among the biggest priorities for Liverpool at present, with Adrian, Georginio Wijnaldum and Nat Phillips the only players to see their deals run out at the end of the current season.