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Manager requests board keep Liverpool 'transfer target' amid plans for first Arne Slot summer

Alex McCarthy helped Southampton gain promotion to the Premier League.
-Credit: (Image: 2024 James Gill - Danehouse)


Liverpool's transfer business this summer will be interesting. The club is undergoing something of a substantial evolution, with a new manager, new sporting director and the return of both Michael Edwards and Julian Ward within the FSG sporting framework

There are a lot of moving parts. Arne Slot of course is coming in as the next head coach, with the Dutchman arriving as a replacement for the outgoing Jürgen Klopp. Richard Hughes is arriving as the club's new sporting director, and it's unknown who Liverpool could target this summer, with Slot, Hughes, Ward and Edwards all likely to meet to discuss potential targets.

However, one area that might need some action in during the transfer market is among Liverpool's goalkeepers. One player may have been identified as someone who could become one of Slot's first signings.

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Alisson Becker is Liverpool's undisputed number one, but behind the Brazilian could change this summer. Irish goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher's future is always the subject of speculation because he might want regular first-team action after years of being behind Alisson in the pecking order.

Kelleher could move on this summer in order to find consistent football, and thus leaving open a spot for the club's number two. Adrian is still on the club's books, but the veteran may return to his native Spain this summer with his contract expiring at the end of June.

The Daily Mail reported earlier in the month that the Reds could target Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy this summer as a potential back-up stopper. McCarthy played an instrumental role in helping the Saints win promotion to the Premier League after beating Leeds 1-0 at Wembley.

The 34-year-old's contract is expiring this summer, though, and Southampton boss Russell Martin said he wants to try and keep the goalkeeper amid links to Liverpool, telling the Southern Daily Echo: "I know that there will be offers for all of them and probably offers that will pay them more than we can. Hopefully the feeling they have and all that stuff will outweigh financial gain but maybe there'll be other things about it too.

"Big Al [McCarthy], I guess I'm a bit of an idiot for not playing a bit sooner, but I think we have such a brilliant goalkeeping department here with Gavin [Bazunu] and Joe [Lumley] as well. I'm so pleased for Al that it finished in this way. As I said, maybe it was meant to happen that he came into the team at some point.

"He's been immense since he came in so we'll try and keep Al as well and we'll keep our fingers crossed. It's my job now to try and squeeze more money out of Phil [Parsons, CEO] and the board and everyone and see where it takes us."

Southampton will return to the English top flight after a one-season gap. Leicester City and Ipswich Town are the other sides who have been promoted to the Premier League.

Liverpool.com says: McCarthy played a big role for Southampton in its promotion, but Liverpool will only move for another goalkeeper should Kelleher leave this summer, which is by no means certain at this stage. Yet it wouldn't be a surprise if Kelleher did leave considering he's too good to be a number two but he got plenty of minutes during the current campaign.