Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given has advised Liverpool’s Caoimhin Kelleher to request a loan from Liverpool.
Kelleher is currently the Reds’ second-choice goalkeeper and holds the same position with the Irish national team.
The 23-year-old keeper has played six times for the Reds in all competitions this season.
Two of those appearances came last week, replacing Alisson Becker in their 2-2 over Chelsea and FA Cup win over Shrewsbury.
But when the Brazilian keeper returns to form, Kelleher’s chances in the first team at Anfield will again be limited.
And Given believes that a loan would give him the perfect opportunity to become a better player and able to fight for the No.1 shirt for club and country.
“He’s 23, I’m trying to bring myself back to my age and I don’t know how many games I would have played, but I think he only played ten or 11 games,” he said. declared to Premier. Sport.
“He’s not a kid anymore, 23 is an age where I think he should play first team football on a regular basis.
“The biggest problem he has is that Alisson is in front of him. Alisson is in the prime of life and could be for the next five or six years.
“Is Kelleher sitting there happy as number two?” They have Adrian who can sit on the bench and support Alisson.
“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’s part of the club’s sustainability.
“Even from Liverpool’s point of view, they have to make him play, give him that experience and then bring him back and have him challenge Alisson.
“If it was me, I would knock on Klopp’s door, I really would.” I would say I have to go out on loan, go play. January is a great time to do this, I would ask my agent and manager to play games for me.
“It’s not just in Liverpool, he has [Gavin] Bazunu in Ireland too. He is only 19 years old and has played 50 club games, Kelleher has played ten …
“I think for all involved the best thing would be to go on loan. I think he’s good enough to play in the first team, he’s a very good goalkeeper. I think he wants to show it to people.
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