Liverpool star Kelleher told ‘to get out’ as soon as possible to save career

Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has been urged to leave Anfield at the earliest opportunity to save his career. Former Reds winger Jason McAteer has sent a brutally blunt message to the Republic of Ireland international.

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Kelleher has established himself as one of the best back-up goalkeepers in the Premier League. He joined the Liverpool academy in 2015 and made his first-team debut in September 2019 at the age of 20.

He has impressed when given the chance to do so in a Liverpool shirt. But he has played just a further 20 times since his first competitive game.

McAteer is a big fan of Kelleher but admits his opportunities will continue to be limited while Alisson is at Liverpool. He believes now is the time he moved on to become a No 1 elsewhere.

Speaking to BoyleSports about Premier League Betting, McAteer said: “I’ve been around him for quite a long time, being involved in the club. I know him, I know his attitude, I know what he’s like, his personality. He’s very level-headed, not big time at all. He is a fantastic talent.

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“He’s played his part. He was the hero in the League Cup final, he’s had some great moments with the club. But for me football is about playing football.

“You don’t want to go through your career where you’ve sat on a bench and get to the later stages of your career wanting the opportunity to go and play. His time is now.

“He is sitting behind arguably the best keeper in the world. So in all honesty, he’s not going to play. He’s going to nick the old game in the League Cup, maybe the Europa League, but that’s not enough football.”

Kelleher is a Republic of Ireland international, winning 10 caps to date for his country. But he is currently behind Southampton’s Gavin Bazunu in the pecking order.

McAteer says that is another reason why Kelleher needs to be playing regularly at club level. He added: “It’s harming and detrimental towards his international career. He’s missing out. He’s going to look back in years to come and go ‘I’ve missed out on these years’.

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“His time is to go now, it’s time to move on. Whether they couldn’t get anyone in to replace him I don’t know, and for Liverpool, what a number two have.

“But Caoimhin, he’s got to be selfish and think ‘it’s just not my time here to play’. He can move to another team in the Premier League, no problem. Playing week in, week out, I’m sure he would nail down the first-team position with Ireland.

“At the minute you can’t knock Stephen Kenny for picking a player who plays week in, week out. As much as Caoimhin is at one of the greatest clubs in the world and behind the best keeper in the world, he is still not playing football.

“You don’t even play reserve team, you nick the odd game now and again. Sometimes you’re just not up to speed doing that so I can understand Stephen Kenny. Caoimhin, for me, he’s got to get out.”

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