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What Jurgen Klopp has said about Preston-linked Caoimhin Kelleher

Preston have concerns between the sticks, and have been linked with a couple of goalkeepers of late.

Declan Rudd has started every league game this season, but is out of contract at the end of the season. Michael Crowe, Mathew Hudson and Chris Maxwell will also be free agents next summer, meaning Preston have decisions to make in goal.

Rudd has fared well this season, but a few recurring problems persist; occasionally weak wrists, poor communication and being stuck to his line. North End can do worse than Rudd, but there is potential to upgrade the position.

Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool saves Dani Ceballos of Arsenal penalty. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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Still, fans would have been surprised when Liverpool youngster Caoimhin Kelleher was linked. The Daily Star reported earlier this month that North End would like to take Kelleher on loan, with Jurgen Klopp weighing up a potential move.

Kelleher, 20, started in Liverpool’s recent Carabao Cup win over Arsenal, and saved a spot kick from Dani Ceballos to send the Reds through after a penalty shootout.

The Irishman – who came through with the same club as Alan Browne and Adam O’Reilly, Ringmahon Rangers – will be looking to develop at Anfield, but heading out on loan would give him vital first-team football.

Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool celebrates. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

So, what does Klopp make of Kelleher? Throwing the youngster into a promotion-chasing side could be a gamble, as even Dean Henderson had enjoyed previous loan spells elsewhere before joining Sheffield United last season, but Klopp is a huge fan of Kelleher.

Speaking after his display against Arsenal, Klopp told The Mirror that he thinks Kelleher is an ‘outstanding talent’, and praised him as a ‘wonderful boy’ and ‘sensational talent’ earlier this season following a Carabao Cup tie with MK Dons.

Klopp praised Kelleher’s ability with his feet as well as his calmness, backing him for a big future – which may well include a loan spell to Deepdale.

Preston taking Kelleher would still be a gamble, but having the backing of one of the world’s top coaches suggests that the youngster may well be ready for some Championship football.

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