Is Vitezslav Jaros’ future under threat after new ‘keeper’s arrival?

After the recent ascension of Kelleher to the first team squad, there are now four goalkeepers fighting for game time in the academy. Academy correspondent SAM JONES looks at this congested department and why Jaros has taken an opportunity elsewhere to gain valuable first-team experience.

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It was an unusually busy deadline day for the Reds with Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies joining the Reds to bolster their defensive options after the most recent first team injury. 

With these transfers the main focus for many fans, it was easy to see why other transfer news would slip under the radar. During this chaotic period the Reds made a signing for the future, as they secured the signature of 19-year-old goalkeeper Liam Hughes. The youngster was brought in from Scottish champions Celtic for an undisclosed fee, whilst he has international experience with Nothern Ireland u21’s. 

The young shot stopper has joined the ever-growing goalkeeping ranks within the Liverpool academy, which also includes recent signing Marcelo Pitaluga, Jakob Ojrzynski and Vitezslav Jaros.

With the rise of Caoimhin Kelleher – who has recently found himself very much in the first team picture – moving across full-time to the senior side to learn under and challenge current number one incumbent Alisson, there has been an opportunity for a new No.1 in the u23s.

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With Pitiluga currently preferred and the incoming Hughes likely to be given opportunities to shine, Orjynski and Jaros find themselves at crossroads. However, with four goalkeepers in the squad, it has created the opportunity for someone to learn their trade elsewhere and get some first team experience. 

The player chosen for that opportunity was Czech shot stopper Jaros, who has joined Irish side St Patrick’s Athletic on loan for the remainder of the campaign. 

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Jaros joined Liverpool back in 2017 from Slavia Prague, and has spent his time with the Reds rising up the ranks in the academy, even being a part of the side that won the FA Youth Cup in 2019. That being said, his rise has yet to materialise an appearance for the Reds senior team, with the 19-year-old finding himself on the bench for three Champions League fixtures thus far. 

Despite all of the competition in his position, Czech keeper has managed three appearances for the u23 side this season – but as alluded to earlier – he has since lost his place to Brazilian Pitaluga, who has been entrusted with starting vital games including most recently against Manchester United u23. 

At 19, Jaros still has plenty of time to develop and make his case as to why he should be number one in the u23 side and a good spell on loan could be key to that.


The youngster will hopefully be exposed to regular first team football in Ireland, something none of the other ‘keepers in the youth set up will be currently used to. Experience at the more physical senior level, should help Jaros improve both tactically and technically, giving him a good base to build upon as he develops.

With most keepers not reaching their prime until the age of 30, the former Slavia Prague man has time on his side to push his claim. Hopefully, this loan will give him exactly what he needs to take his football education to the next level and consolidate himself as part of the Merseyside clubs squad for years to come.

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