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Liverpool have offered a new contract to goalkeeper Adrian but could still lose the Spaniard for free this summer, according to reports. The 34-year-old’s contract expires at the end of next month and has been linked with a return to Spain.
Adrian arrived at Liverpool on a free transfer from West Ham in 2019 but has been behind Alisson Becker for most of his time at Anfield.
An injury to Alisson at the start of the 2019-20 campaign allowed Adrian a lengthy run in goal, playing 18 times in all competitions.
However, he only featured seven times last season.
On occasions he even found himself behind Irish goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, who was handed five appearances by Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool may face a goalkeeping issue next season if Adrian leaves.
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The Reds plan to loan out Kelleher to allow the academy graduate to gain regular first-team experience.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a temporary stay at several Championship clubs.
And Klopp could be left with Alisson as his only goalkeeper heading into pre-season if Kelleher leaves on loan and Adrian decides to depart when his contract ends.
Liverpool have moved to prevent that scenario by offering Adrian a new contract, according to Sky Sports.
Adrian was second choice to Alisson until Kelleher started a 1-0 win over Ajax in December.
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The Ireland under-21 international then played four more times before Adrian returned to the team for Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Sheffield United in February.
Klopp confirmed after that game that Adrian was third choice, though he appeared to regain his place as second in the pecking order.
He made the substitutes’ bench in each of Liverpool’s final 12 matches as an incredible run late in the campaign saw them claw back Champions League qualification.
A third-placed finish was confirmed thanks to a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.
“If you want, he is now number three (goalkeeper) but in the dressing room you will never see any difference,” Klopp said about Adrian in February.
“He is just a very strong character and helps the team even when he’s not playing. (Against Sheffield United he helped on the pitch a lot and I’m really happy for him.”
Liverpool were recently linked with a move for Sevilla goalkeeper Alfonso Pastor.
The 20-year-old is the La Liga club’s second-choice shot-stopper but has played just once for their first team.
He conceded four goals to Olivier Giroud in a 4-0 Champions League group stage defeat to Chelsea in December. Pastor’s Sevilla comfortably finished fourth in La Liga last season, sitting 15 points ahead of fifth-placed Real Sociedad.
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