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Nottingham Forest & Celtic circle back for ‘world-class’ keeper as Liverpool eye replacement

Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher could spark a bidding war this summer with Nottingham Forest and Celtic interested in his signature, according to the Daily Mail.

The Irish goalie attracted interest from Forest in the January transfer window. The relegation-threatened side saw him as a solution in goal, with Matt Turner and Odysseas Vlachodimos floundering. 

Liverpool rejected their advances, but reports suggest Forest boss Nuno Espirito Santo, a former goalkeeper himself, remains a big admirer of Kelleher.

Kelleher’s impressive displays have undoubtedly strengthened Liverpool’s bargaining position. The 25-year-old has deputised adeptly in the absence of Alisson for the past eight games.

He was particularly excellent as the Reds claimed the EFL Cup against Chelsea, with captain Virgil Van Dijk hailing him as world-class. Manager Jurgen Klopp has named him the best number two in the world.

Liverpool wouldn’t necessarily block his path if he wants a first-team role elsewhere, but his price has shot up, and the Reds will demand a premium. 

Forest are expected to renew their pursuit, but they face stiff competition. Celtic are also keen, although their chances of luring him away seem slim due to the likely asking price.

Liverpool will need a new number two to replace the Irishman should he depart Anfield this summer. 

According to the report, the Reds have retained their interest in Sunderland’s 23-year-old shot-stopper Anthony Patterson, who was first linked in January. 

Patterson is a former England youth international and has been a crucial figure for the Black Cats this season, keeping 13 clean sheets in 43 Championship appearances. 

Patterson also boasts a 70.9% save percentage and a respectable Post-shot Expected Goals Per Shot on Target (PSxG/SoT, 66th percentile). He could be lining up at Anfield next season as Kelleher’s replacement.

Liverpool’s third-choice keeper, Adrian, is a liked leader, but the 37-year-old will be out of contract this summer. It is unlikely that the Spaniard will get offered a new deal. 

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