Paul Robinson explains conditions that have to be met for 23-year-old Liverpool star to stay at Anfield
Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes that Liverpool goalie Caoimhin Kelleher will stay at Liverpool as long as he remains first-choice for his country, Ireland.
The 23-year-old Liverpool star has featured in only eight games this season but has always been astonishing when called upon.
Despite not playing regularly, Kelleher has emerged as The Republic of Ireland’s no. 1 goalkeeper.
He has featured in consecutive internationals against Belgium and Lithuania, which, Robinson believes, bodes well for Liverpool.
Discussing the Ireland international’s future at Anfield, the 42-year-old told Football Insider:
“He has got a fair bit of game time this season. The fact Klopp played him in the cup final says a lot.
“His international career has not been hampered by the fact he’s not the number one at Liverpool.”
“If he was missing three-quarters of the season and not getting a chance at international level, that would be an issue.
“As long as he is playing a certain percentage of the games and is his country’s number one I think he’ll be happy to stay.”
Robinson, however, did not think that the 23-year-old would always remain content playing behind Alisson.He added:
“There will come a point where he will want to play every week though. He is not going to be one of these guys who sits on the bench for his whole career.
“How much patience does he have? I suspect he is very happy at the moment but there will come a time.”
Kelleher, who rose through the Reds’ youth system featured and scored the winning penalty in a 11-10 shootout win over Chelsea in the final