Liverpool sporting director

Liverpool are set to pull the plug on a January pursuit of a new number two and instead hand Caoimhin Kelleher a big-money new deal, Football Insider understands.

The 22-year-old’s superb consecutive displays against Wolves and Ajax will lead to a change of plan from the Premier League champions.

The Liverpool recruitment team led by sporting director Michael Edwards had been assessing potential keeper signings in January to back-up number one Alisson.

But a Reds source has told Football Insider that plans for a new number two are to be placed on the backburner due to Kelleher’s emergence as an excellent option in goal.

The youngster is set to be offered a lucrative new contract to replace his existing deal, which expires in 2022, and given the chance to be Alisson’s long-term deputy.

Jurgen Klopp alled time on Adrian’s Liverpool career by snubbing him last week for the Champions League clash against Ajax.

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He instead selected Kelleher after first choice Allison suffered a hamstring injury in training and the youngster repaid that faith with a fine performance in the 1-0 win.

The young Irishman delivered an even more commanding display in Sunday’s 4-0 Premier League thrashing of Wolves.

Klopp backed the youngster because of his greater ball-playing abilities and confidence in possession as well as his ability to pull off key saves.

The Cork-born youngster made his sixth senior appearance against Wolves after his first four matches for Liverpool had all come in domestic cup competitions.

 

Adrian, who was on the bench on Sunday, is out of contract at the end of the season.

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