‘I rejected Liverpool transfer 10 years ago but could be one of Arne Slot’s first signings’

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‘I rejected Liverpool transfer 10 years ago but could be one of Arne Slot’s first signings’









Liverpool may be on the lookout for a new back-up goalkeeper this summer. Southampton stopper Alex McCarthy is one of the names reported to be of interest.









Liverpool could make big changes to its goalkeeping department this summer. Alisson is the target of reported interest from Saudi Arabia, while Caoimhín Kelleher’s future is also unclear, and Adrián is eyeing a return to Spain as his contract expires.


Any interest in Alisson is likely to be rebuffed but Kelleher could move on. The Republic of Ireland international was wanted by Nottingham Forest in January (per BBC Sport) but Liverpool held firm and refused to let him go.


The 25-year-old was in the midst of his longest run in the first-team after Alisson suffered a hamstring injury. But the Reds’ No.1 has regained his place since returning to fitness and there is a feeling that Kelleher may try to become first-choice elsewhere this summer.









Liverpool is already being linked with replacement keepers with The Daily Mail reporting that Southampton stopper Alex McCarthy is being considered. McCarthy, 34, has been back-up for most of the season but has regained his place after an injury to Gavin Bazunu.


The ex-England international is out of contract at the end of the season and that has reportedly alerted Liverpool and Newcastle, while Celtic is also monitoring the situation. It is not the first time that McCarthy has been linked with a move to Anfield.


Brendan Rodgers had worked with the goalkeeper at Reading and wanted to take him to Liverpool to battle Simon Mignolet. But he opted to join QPR instead after speaking to boss Harry Redknapp.










Speaking to the Yours, Mine, Away! Podcast in 2022, McCarthy said: “I was about to get on the train to Liverpool but then I had Harry Redknapp call me. I knew at Liverpool I wasn’t just going to go in and play and Harry said there would be more opportunities at QPR.


“Working with Brendan at Liverpool or Harry at QPR. I was stood at the train station with my dad and my agent going over it and over it and because I had been playing at Reading, I wanted to carry on playing so I ended up going to QPR and signing there.












“I’m a big believer that things always happen for a reason. It took me a while to get into the team and when I did, I played against Liverpool and had to go off with a quad strain so I was out of the team again. I was there for a season, we got relegated and then I went to Crystal Palace.”


McCarthy spent just one season at Selhurst Park before joining Southampton in 2016. He has made one appearance for England in a friendly win over USA in 2018.






McCarthy chose not to join Liverpool in 2014 as he wanted to play and he would likely have only been back-up to Simon Mignolet. That role will probably appeal more to him at this stage of his career and his experience would be welcome next season, if Kelleher and Adrián are to leave.

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