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Simon Mignolet and John Achterberg react as Liverpool make Thursday announcement

Liverpool have announced that Caomihin Kelleher has signed a long-term contract at Anfield, after a breakthrough season with The Reds. The Ireland goalkeeper made five appearances for the senior side under Jurgen Klopp in 2020-21. Simon Mignolet reacted, as did a couple of others.

Kelleher, 22, broke into the Liverpool side last season with a handful of first-team outings. Then, during 2020-21, Kelleher made five appearances despite the presence of both Alisson and Adrian. The latter has also signed a new deal, but Kelleher has agreed to stay put, putting pen to paper.

Not only has Kelleher become a first-team option for Liverpool, but he has also made his debut for Ireland. He came on at half-time during a recent friendly with Hungary – keeping a clean sheet during a 0-0 draw in Budapest. He made two brilliant saves, and was praised by Irish media.

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Kelleher needs to leave Liverpool on loan. Now 22 years of age and at the beginning of what could potentially be a burgeoning international career, he needs game time. But with Liverpool penning Adrian down to what is likely to be another 12 months, Kelleher will remain third choice.

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He might even get the odd Carabao Cup game, but the chances of Kelleher exceeding five appearances is unlikely. The goalkeeper needs to go on loan, join a Championship side and get 40 games. Mignolet reacted to the new Liverpool deal for Kelleher, as did John Achterberg and Jose Enrique.

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