REPORT: Liverpool could sanction exit for 25-year-old with price tag revealed

Celtic are reportedly keen on signing the Liverpool man, with the player believed to want regular minutes.

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Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher could find himself leaving Anfield at the end of the season.

The 25-year-old has grown to become amongst the most recognizable ‘Number 2’s’ in the world, but will always be behind Alisson Becker in the pecking order.

He has started 11 times across all competitions this season, conceding 14 goals and keeping two clean sheets.

A report from Football Insider claims that Celtic are keen on signing the Ireland international.

The report goes on to say that Liverpool will ask for a fee of £20 million to sanction the exit of the shot-stopper.

Brendan Rogers’ side will need a new ‘keeper with Joe Hart’s contract set to expire at the end of May.

Caoimhin Kelleher wants more game time

Caoimhin Kelleher has been a fine deputy to Alisson Becker and has been especially important to Liverpool in the cup runs.

Kelleher’s career for Ireland is being impacted by his role as a backup goalkeeper, and he is reaching the age where he should be playing club football regularly.

Kelleher has not been in the starting lineup in recent months.

Gavin Bazunu of Southampton, who currently plays in the Championship, has been chosen instead.

There’s no doubt that Kelleher could be starting shot-stopper for many other Premier League teams.

Therefore, it makes sense that the 25-year-old is keen on a move.

Celtic interest

While it is believed that many clubs are interested in the services of the Irishman, Celtic are the most keen.

The £20million that Liverpool are set to demand would represent a club-record purchase for Celtic.

Despite strong interest in the stopper, it is thought that no club is going to come close to matching that valuation.

The Scottish giants could reportedly prefer a loan-to-buy deal for Kelleher if Liverpool reduce their asking price.

However, his homegrown status makes him valuable to the Reds, with Jurgen Klopp previously saying on the Irishman:

“We had discussions in the summer, obviously, about it [Kelleher leaving].”

“He is homegrown and all these kinds of things.”

“So we have to make sure, first and foremost, the first responsibility is to do the best for Liverpool.” 

Kelleher’s contract is set to expire in June 2026 after an extension was signed in 2021.

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