According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is keen to leave the club on loan this summer.
It’s claimed that the shot-stopper thinks he needs to take the next step and play first-team football. That would be a loan move rather than a permanent exit, with the Reds seemingly feeling he has a bright future.
The report notes that Preston wanted to sign Kelleher earlier this season, but no move could be done. It would be little surprise to see North End take an interest again as the Irishman seeks a move.
Kelleher has been given four first-team games this season, featuring in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup. Now though, he’s looking for consistent league action – something he won’t receive at Liverpool.
The Reds have Alisson and Adrian as their main goalkeepers, with ex-Preston stopper Andrew Lonergan as third-choice. Kamil Grabara will return from his spell at Huddersfield Town, so Kelleher should be looking for a loan.
He will turn 22 in November, so he needs first-team action to avoid stagnating. So, would Preston make sense for him having missed out on a January move?
Having emerged with Ringmahon Rangers – just like Adam O’Reilly and Alan Browne – Kelleher may find Deepdale a welcoming environment. He also wouldn’t have to move from Liverpool any time soon, with the proximity to Preston possibly appealing.
Declan Rudd has just signed a new deal though, so Kelleher may not have the chance to be first-choice at Preston. Kelleher may be strong competition if Connor Ripley moves on, but North End wouldn’t be able to make any promises over playing time to Liverpool – which may be a problem.