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keeper battle Adrian signs a new Liverpool contract but Caoimhin Kelleher's position remains unchanged

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Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Brighton. (Photo by Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images)

Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Brighton. (Photo by Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images)

Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Brighton. (Photo by Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images)

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian has signed a new, extended contract with the club and yet the word emerging from Anfield suggests the move will not impact the future of their young Irish keeper Caoimhin Kelleher.

Kelleher appeared to establish himself as first choice back-up to Liverpool No.1 Alisson Becker last season, as he stepped in and performed when the Brazilian was on the sidelines.

While it appears the decision to hand the more experienced Adrian a new deal may suggest Liverpool will not look to give Kelleher more regular first team action during a loan spell away from the club, Anfield insiders have confirmed to the Liverpool Echo that they have no intention of allowing the 22-year-old stopper to leave.

Liverpool goal keeping coach John Acterberg told sundayworld.com last year that he would favour a loan move to allow Kelleher to gain some regular first team experience, yet it seems the club rate him too highly to follow this advice.

"He would like to play games and obviously that would be easier if he went out on loan, but the problem for us is we need three good goalies and he is one of our three," former Tranmere keeper Achterberg told us in an exclusive interview.

"For his development, a loan move would be his next step, but the club have to make sure they have everything covered in case we have a problem with our keepers and we know it would be hard to find a keeper as good as him if we let him go out on loan.

"It's not the ideal solution for him and maybe playing matches would be what he needs now, but he is training with top players every day at Liverpool, playing in our under-23 games and that will allow him to continue to progress.

"Working with someone as good as Alison every day for the last couple of years can only help him. He sets such high standards in everything he does and you can only learn from working with someone like that.

"The higher level you train at every day allows you to take your career up to the next level, but it would be the best solution for him to have a spell on loan at some point.

"What I would say is we would have no issue putting him into a game and I know the manager has faith in him as well.

"This manager shows great interest in everyone in his squad. He appreciates that you need a big squad to win anything and it might be that we need to play our third-choice keeper in a big game at some point."

Meanwhile, Adrian expressed his joy as he signed his new deal with Liverpool, with the Spaniard happy to battle it out with Kelleher for the back-up role to Alisson.

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Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian. Photo: PA

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian. Photo: PA

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian. Photo: PA

"I'm delighted, I'm very happy to stay in the club," Adrian Liverpoolfc.com.

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"Firstly, because it's a reward from the club for the hard work that I've been doing since I signed two years ago. I really appreciate that confidence from the club, from the manager and from everyone involved in that situation.

"And secondly, and above all of that, it's a pleasure to stay in Liverpool – it's such a big club. But being as well a family club, it's very special for any player to stay here. I am privileged."

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