Caoimhin Kelleher’s transfer status at Liverpool has been clarified, with the goalkeeper being a priority.

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Caoimhin Kelleher’s transfer status at Liverpool has been clarified, with the goalkeeper being a priority.

Caoimhin Kelleher will not be loaned out by Liverpool, as the young goalkeeper marked another milestone in his developing career.

When Kelleher made his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland in a goalless friendly tie with Hungary on Tuesday evening, he was impressed.

At halftime, the 22-year-old came off the bench and produced a pair of crucial stops to keep his country’s clean sheet.

Kelleher had a solid season, having made his first appearances in the Champions League and Premier League in December after taking over as Liverpool’s second-choice shot-stopper behind Alisson Becker.

Those performances have made the Irishman a desired man, with numerous clubs – notably League One side Ipswich Town – expressing an interest in loaning him out this summer from Anfield.

However, according to the ECHO, Liverpool have no intentions to release Kelleher on a temporary basis, as he is a member of the first-team squad, and the club wants to reward his further growth with a better contract.

Liverpool is also hoping Adrian would extend his stay after offering him a new contract. At the end of the month, Adrian will be a free agent.

Kelleher was one of two Ireland debutants in goal in Budapest, having come on in the second half to replace Manchester City teenager Gavin Bazunu.

And Ireland goalie veteran Shay Given praised the pair on Twitter, writing, “Congrats to Caoimhin Kelleher on a wonderful debut for @FAIreland.” Gavin Bazunu had a fantastic first-half stop as well.”

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