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According to Atlético (subscription required)Manchester United had agreed to take Caoimhin Kelleher to trial before Liverpool swooped in to sign the goalkeeper for an offer fee of £ 30,000.
Kelleher was heading to a trial with United in 2015 coming from Irish lower league team Ringmahon Rangers when Liverpool’s then-academy ace Conor Masterson stepped in.
Masterson, who joined QPR after his departure from the Reds last summer, urged the Merseyside team’s coaching staff to keep an eye on Kelleher as well, having played with the plug at Ireland’s youth level.
Kelleher, who was 17 at the time, was invited to spend time at Liverpool’s academy, and his demonstrations convinced the Premier League giants to hire him for an offer fee of just £ 30,000.
In a wonderful in-depth piece of the Athletic, Ringmahon’s secretary Scott Fitzgerald, a Liverpool fan, was amused by the fact that United missed the potential signing.
Kelleher made four cup competition appearances for the Reds last season and has now become the main substitute for the injured Alisson, ahead of Adrian.
The 22-year-old made a brilliant save in the final minutes of Liverpool’s Champions League win against Ajax, which convinced Jurgen Klopp to hand the Irishman his Premier League debut against Wolves.
The career-defining game in which the Reds won 4-0 with Kelleher between the sticks also provided another hilarious moment, as the club misspelled the ace’s last name on his iconic debut jersey.
Athletic add that the Dutch team ADO Den Haag wanted to take Kelleher on loan for this season, but because Kamil Grabara had already left on loan, it was decided that he would stay.