Goalkeeper Kelleher urged to leave Liverpool

Goalkeeper Kelleher urged to leave Liverpool

Former Premier League goalkeeper Shay Given has urged his Republic of Ireland mate Caoimhin Kelleher to leave Liverpool.

Kelleher has been an understudy to Alisson at Liverpool and occupies the same role with his national team and while Given agrees he is a good keeper, he has urged him to leave the club if he is to become his country's first-choice shot-stopper.

"He's in a bit of a predicament Kelleher. He's 23 years old, I'm trying to bring myself back to when I was that age and I'm not sure how many games I would have played, but I think he has only played ten or 11 games.

"He's not a kid anymore, 23 is an age where I think he should be playing regular first-team football. The biggest problem he has is that Alisson is ahead of him. Alisson is in the prime of his life and could be for the next five or six years. Does Kelleher sit there and be happy as a number two? They've got Adrian who can sit on the bench and back (Alisson) up.

"For me, it's so important to play games. He has been training there for a few years and signed a new five-year contract last summer, so he is part of the club's long-term future. Even from a Liverpool point of view, they need to get him out playing, get him that experience, then bring him back and get him challenging Alisson," said Given on Premier Sport.

Kelleher is highly rated at Liverpool and is seen as the long-term heir to Alisson's throne having been given a run of games in the busy Christmas period and every time Alisson has been absent.

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