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Caoimhín Kelleher concerned by two other Liverpool exits after Jürgen Klopp quits

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Caoimhín Kelleher is concerned by two crucial Liverpool exits following Jürgen Klopp leaving the club.

Klopp’s emotional goodbye will result in an overhaul at Anfield, with several long-standing staff members also departing. The German received a heartfelt tribute at Anfield after Liverpool's final match of the season - a 2-0 victory over Wolves on May 19.

He and his trusted assistants Pepijn Lijnders, Peter Krawietz, and Vitor Matos, all set to leave, were given a guard of honor as a symbol of the club’s gratitude. But No.2 goalkeeper Kelleher, who had a standout 2023/24 season, has also bid farewell to his goalkeeping coach John Achterberg and his assistant Jack Robinson.

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Veteran Achterberg joined the Reds in 2009, working under four managers including Roy Hodgson, Sir Kenny Dalglish, Brendan Rodgers, and Klopp. Meanwhile, Robinson announced his departure on LinkedIn, having joined from the FA’s youth setups in September 2018.

Expressing his gratitude for their mentorship, Kelleher told The Athletic: "John has been absolutely massive for me and I told him at the party that I definitely wouldn't be where I am now without everything he's done for me. The work he put in was incredible - always first into the training ground and the last to leave.

"He brought me on leaps and bounds. I really loved working with him. I'm grateful that he was my coach for so long. Jack was brilliant too and I wish them both well. We know that [Brazilian goalkeeping coach] Taffarel is staying, which is good. It will certainly feel a lot different when we report back in early July."

Kelleher joined Liverpool’s academy as a teenager in 2015 but only enjoyed his breakthrough this year. He clocked up 26 appearances across all competitions, largely due to an injury to Alisson Becker in early February.

The upcoming season still holds uncertainty for Kelleher, though his stock has never been higher. Fuelled by his first taste of regular first-team action, he is keen to nail down the No.1 position, despite his rival being the world's best goalkeeper.

"I'm proud of this season, I've really proved myself," added Kelleher. "I've loved being at Liverpool and hopefully there's more to come there. But I feel like I've done my years as a No 2. The ambition now is to be a No 1. I am ready and capable."