As Liverpool close in on their second signing of the summer in Dominik Szoboszlai, the club will most likely look to raise further transfer funds by selling some current members of their squad.
The likes of Nat Phillips, Joel Matip, and Thiago Alcantara have all been linked with moves away from Anfield. From an Irish perspective, the most interesting potential departure is Caoimhín Kelleher.
The Cork native has spent his entire career at Liverpool, rising through the youth ranks to establish himself as the backup to Alisson Becker. He has been happy to bide his time and develop his game up to this point, although it now seems as though he will look to establish himself as a no. 1 elsewhere.
Jurgen Klopp is hesitant to lose the player, although it is said that the club would consider bids in the region of £25million.
John Aldridge's mixed emotions on Caoimhín Kelleher Liverpool exit
While the summer transfer window still had a long way to go, Caoimhín Kelleher is already running out of options when it comes to potential clubs. Quite a few teams that were linked with him in recent months have gone on to sign other goalkeepers.
The player needs to be playing regular football at this stage of his career, especially if he has ambitions of becoming no. 1 at international level.
Speaking to the Sunday World, former Liverpool and Ireland striker John Aldridge said that Kelleher needs to move in order to further his career. In saying that, he also said he would be delighted to see him stay at Anfield as he is one of the most reliable backup goalkeepers in the game at the moment.
It’s a tough one.
I think he got found out in the last game of the season (4-4 draw at Southampton) because he was very rusty. He played his worst game for the club.
That apart, the lad has got everything going for him in modern day football.
He needs to play games. It’s alright training, but you get your experience playing games.
They have got three cups where he will play; the FA Cup, League Cup and the Europa League. So he will get more games than in other seasons.
He’s still very young, very talented, so I’d selfishly want to keep him.
You have to see how the lad feels and what the club wants. He could get into a lot of Premier League sides, but I obviously hope he stays at Liverpool.
It will be interesting to see what happens with this situation in the months ahead.
Liverpool will only sanction a sale if a significant bid is submitted, with Kelleher likely being given the opportunity to play in the Europa League and Carabao Cup if he remains at the club.
Whether that will enough to satisfy his appetite for playing time remains to be seen.