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next move Liverpool's big decision on Caoimhin Kelleher could be great news for Ireland


Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The debate over what is best in the development of Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher appears to have been decided and it could play a big role in his push to establish himself as Ireland's No.1.

While working alongside Alisson Becker and Liverpool's outstanding coaching staff has allowed 22-year-old Kelleher to establish himself as the club's second choice keeper last season, there has long been a feeling that a loan move away from the club would benefit his development.

Now the word emerging from Liverpool suggests that route will be followed by Kelleher, with Reds goal keeping coach John Acterberg telling sundayworld.com last year that he was keen to give the Cork-born stopper a chance to play regular first team football.

"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," stated former Tranmere keeper Achterberg.

"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."

With Adrian set to extend his stay at Liverpool and become back-up to Alisson next season, Liverpool will look to find Kelleher a club that will allow him to be a first choice starter.

Acterberg suggested a move to the Championship or a League One club in England would be preferable and if he is successful with his loan spell, he could establish himself as first choice keeper in Stephen Kenny's Ireland set-up.

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