If Caoimhin Kelleher leaves the team soon, Sunderland goalie Anthony Patterson is allegedly one of Liverpool’s transfer targets.
Kelleher has been Anfield’s underdog for the last five years behind the unstoppable Alisson Becker, frequently limited to EFL Cup and FA Cup matches under Jurgen Klopp.
Four years after joining the Liverpool academy from Irish team Ringmahon, Kelleher was elevated to the first team in 2019. In that time, he has only made 32 appearances for Liverpool while maintaining 12 clean sheets.
Only seven of those performances have come in the Premier League – including two matches against Fulham and Sheffield United earlier in the 2023-24 campaign – but he has played every minute of the Reds’ EFL Cup run and started five of their Europa League group-stage games this term.
Kelleher, who has established himself as one of the Premier League’s top number-twos, has always received great praise from Klopp, but it is only logical that he has been linked to a move to a team where he would be first choice.
Prior to pursuing additional targets in the form of Mark Flekken and Guglielmo Vicario, Tottenham Hotspur and Brentford were reportedly keeping a close eye on Kelleher throughout the summer transfer window.
Additionally, Klopp stated that “extraordinary” funds would be required before Liverpool would entertain the idea of selling Kelleher, who has a two-and-a-half-year deal at Anfield. However, Reds executives, as reported by The Mirror, have other ideas.
According to the source, the club is willing to part ways with Kelleher for approximately £20 million this year. Brendan Rodgers, the manager of Celtic, has been pursuing a transfer for the Republic of Ireland international for some time.
If Kelleher were to leave the Reds after a long career, Klopp is said to be interested in Patterson of Sunderland as a backup keeper. The 23-year-old’s performances for the Black Cats in 2023–2024 are said to have impressed Klopp.
After going through the Sunderland academy system, Patterson, who is 6 feet 2 inches tall, spent a few months on loan with Notts County in the 2021–2022 season before securing his spot as the Black Cats’ starting forward.
In 27 Championship games during the 2023–24 season, the former England Under-21 international has eight clean sheets to his credit, bringing his career total for the club to 32 shutouts in 105 appearances.
After helping Sunderland to the playoffs in the 2022–2023 season, Patterson participated in every Championship game. However, the Black Cats signed him to a new long-term contract that would have expired in the summer of 2028.
Patterson told the Sunderland Echo that he was happy at the Stadium of Light before pledging his future to the Black Cats: “I’m happy here.”
“This is my team; I’ve been a Sunderland fan my entire life. I’m glad to be here, satisfied, and eager for many more games. Being able to play in front of Sunderland supporters and actually being on the field as opposed to just a spectator makes it that much more memorable.”
Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City are reportedly keeping tabs on Patterson’s progress, so Liverpool is not the only team chasing him.