Liverpool goalkeeping legend Bruce Grobbelaar has been discussing Caoimhin Kelleher’s future at Anfield.
Grobbelaar spent 12 more years with Liverpool, becoming a significant part of a side that ruled English football at its heights.
With the Zimbabwean in goal, the Reds would win six league titles, three FA Cups, three League Cups, and a European Cup between 1981 and 1994.
Under Jurgen Klopp, Caoimhin Kelleher has been a fine deputy to Alisson Becker and has been especially important to Liverpool in the cup runs.
The German has regularly claimed that the Irish international is the best No.2 in the Premier League, and he is probably right.
Many Premier League sides would not mind Kelleher as their starting goalkeeper.
But being a backup goalkeeper is hurting the 25-year-old’s Irish career, and he’s getting to the age where he ought to be playing club football on a regular basis.
Kelleher has not been in the starting lineup for his nation in recent months.
Gavin Bazunu of Southampton, who currently plays in the Championship, has been chosen instead.
Now Grobbelaar has suggested that Kelleher may have to seek a temporary move in a bid to get more game-time.
What did Bruce Grobbelaar say about Caoimhin Kelleher?
Speaking as part of a Carlsberg 0.0 panel, the Liverpool icon suggested that the 25-year-old go on out on a loan or even get sold with a buyback option:
“We’ve got a beautiful goalkeeper in Caoimhin Kelleher,” Grobbelaar began (via The Irish News).
“When the manager comes out and says ‘We’ve got the best goalkeeper in the world and the second best here’ – talking about Caoimhin – that is a great accolade.”
“From an Irish point of view, they’d rather have him playing more games. We are playing him in some of the cup games…”
“If there was a little thing that you could do to make him much better than he is, it’s to give him games.”
“Maybe Liverpool could put him out on loan, or sell him to a club with a buy-back clause – Celtic has been mentioned.”
Celtic and especially manager Brendan Rogers are believed to be keen on Kelleher.
It is believed that the Reds would demand at least £20million.
The Scottish giants could reportedly prefer a loan-to-buy deal for Kelleher if Liverpool reduce their asking price.
Grobbelaar finished by saying he would want Kelleher back in a heartbeat should Alisson leave:
“If Alisson stays then he [Kelleher] is getting game-time, and as soon as Alisson leaves use the buy-back and he comes straight back.”
“That’s how I’d look at it because he’s such a fantastic goalkeeper.”