While he didn’t confirm that this would be the case on Wednesday night, Lijnders did heap praise on the Reds’ No. 2 stopper as he previewed the contest.
“He’s not a talent anymore, he’s just a world-class goalkeeper but he needs game time. It was a really good thing that he stayed with us, that Jurgen could give him perspective. We’re really happy he is with us.
“You want every position with top ones who can play any kind of game. Whatever happens, we can put Caoimhin in and the game will not change a lot.
“He’s calm with his feet, he knows where to bring the ball, he can read it and he is exceptional in one-on-one situations.
“We are happy he is with us, and hopefully he stays for a long time.”
Kelleher is under contract at Anfield until 2026 and he has been given a number of opportunities in domestic cup competitions during his time on Merseyside.
The Irishman has made 22 appearances in all competitions for the Reds, his first coming back in September 2019 in a 2-0 League Cup win away at MK Dons.
Whether interested parties come back in for the 24-year-old at the end of the season remains to be seen, but he is clearly held in high regard at Liverpool despite featuring less frequently than he would likely hope at this stage of his career.