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Adrian expected to request Liverpool exit before transfer deadline


Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian has been tipped to try to leave the club ahead of the January transfer deadline on Monday after losing his place as Alisson Becker’s deputy to local striker Caoimhin Kelleher.

With Adrian guilty of mistakes and inconsistencies again this season, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp opted to look to Kelleher instead when Alisson succumbed to an injury in late November.

Caoimhin Kelleher
Caoimhin Kelleher is now Alisson’s main replacement | Pool / Getty Images

Kelleher secured the nod for the crucial Champions League game against Ajax in early December and kept his spot for the follow-up matches against Wolves and Midtjylland.

When Alisson returned to form, the young Irishman retained his place in the squad and fell off the bench, pushing Adrian completely out of third-choice contention.

The 34-year-old Spaniard has only been on a Matchday’s Day once since and even that was just to catch up on the bench against Crystal Palace because Kelleher was also selected.

Out of contract at the end of the season anyway, Estadio Deportivo claim both Adrian and Liverpool will consider any offers that come in before the transfer deadline. However, that doesn’t leave much time and he will almost certainly leave Anfield as a free agent by the end of June.

But the Sevilla-based outlet goes on to explain that his former club, Real Betis, will not be making an offer. Adrian grew up in the city and joined Betis as a young player at the age of 11. He went on to play for the club’s C and B teams, before reaching first team in 2012, but after only one season as a starter he was debauched by West Ham to play in the Premier League.

Betis, which are now managed by former Manchester City and West Ham coach Manuel Pellegrini, have been through something of a goalkeeper crisis.

First pick Claudio Bravo has had several injury issues this season, while number two Dani Martin suffered ACL damage early in the New Year. The club had to rely on ex-Wigan and Everton striker Joel Robles with two other goalkeepers from the reserve team making up the numbers.

Real Betis are not interested in Adrian | Michael Regan / Getty Images

Betis have been interested in re-signing Adrian in the past, but that won’t be the case this time around.

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