Ireland U21 international Caoimhin Kelleher has admitted that a loan away from Anfield may be a good option for him in the future with usurping Alisson in the Liverpool goal a difficult ask.
Kelleher is currently the third choice stopper at Liverpool but has made the bench over the past couple of games thanks to an injury to the Brazilian.
The 20-year-old is yet to feature for the Reds’ first team and his progress was slightly hampered by a wrist injury in the summer which required surgery to repair.
Kelleher’s recovery from injury also coincided with a setback for Alisson who was forced off the field in their Premier League opener against Norwich, with new signing Adrian given the nod between the sticks in the duo’s absence.
He has been progressing well having earned his spot on the bench for the European Champions and speaking as Ireland’s U21’s prepare for their crucial qualifier against Armenia, Kelleher outlined that if his chance should come at Liverpool he will be more than ready to take it.
“Football has been crazy with all the injuries,” he began.
“I had an injury and came back and of course Alisson had his injury so there’s a bit more of a chance for me there at the minute so as I said I just need to keep looking forward and if I get my chance I’ll be ready.”
The former Ringmahon Rangers man has been a vital part of Stephen Kenny’s U21 side since his appointment but despite this, he is still yet to play a competitive game at senior level for club or country.
Being at one of the biggest clubs in the world, Kelleher is aware that it may be difficult for him to break into the first team, especially given the fact that he is still so young for a goalkeeper.
Liverpool sent another keeper, Kamil Grabara, out on loan to Huddersfield during the summer but opted to keep Kelleher at the club as the third choice and to help him fight for his place between the sticks.
Kelleher however outlined that experience in senior football is vital in the next stage of his career and that a loan move may be a good option for him given the quality of the competition in front of him.
“Probably the most important thing for me at the moment will be to get games and that so if the opportunity arises to go on loan it’ll be good for me to get some senior football.
“Obviously, at the moment, with Alisson, it’s difficult to get in at Liverpool so a loan might be a good option.”