Liverpool holds on for win against Southampton despite Adrian howler

(CNN) — Goalkeeper Adrian’s Liverpool profession is proving quite a roller coaster.
The Spanish shot-stopper only joined the club on August 5 to give cover for Alisson Becker, but was thrown in at the deep end following the Brazilian keeper lasted a calf injury in Liverpool’s opening afternoon Premier League victory over Norwich.
In his next match for the Reds, Adrian was hero as Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties to win the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday.
However, as the Liverpool players thronged around Adrian to congratulate him match-winning penalty save to thwart Tammy Abraham, a supporter ran from the racks to join in the parties and managed to injure the goalkeeper’s ankle from the melee.
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On Friday, Liverpool director Jurgen Klopp disclosed he had worries that Adrian might not be suitable for Saturday’s Premier League match against Southampton and the Champions League winners may need to rely on either 35-year-old Andy Lonergan or even 20-year-old Caoimhin Kelleher, who has just graduated out of your club’s academy.
In the end, Adrian was fit to play against Southampton and the Spaniard had yet another eventful 90 minutes.
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Southampton were on top in the first half and Adrian brilliantly preserved Maya Yoshida’s header after a corner before rushing out of his objective to deny Che Adams.
Just before half-time, Sadio Mane’s excellent shot gave Liverpool the lead, with Roberto Firmino stretching the Reds’ lead after this interval.
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Liverpool were in cruise control — until the 83rd minute when Adrian took too long to clear the ball, with his shot rebounding off Danny Ings and into the internet to revive Southampton’s hopes of securing some stage.
Late on past Liverpool striker Ings had another good chance catch a draw for Southampton however Klopp’s side held on for their second successive Premier League win of the year.
“He’s arrived because it is his third game and so it’s normal to get a Liverpool keeper to indicate that box [by building a mistake]… Now we could carry on,” Klopp informed the BBC because he reflected on Liverpool’s win and Adrian’s error.
“I said before the game that the majority of the headlines were written, everyone was prepared for what seemed like a banana skin, because Southampton had lost their very first match and we had problems last year,” added the Liverpool manaer.
“Our strategy for the headline was’the mentality giants ‘ in town’ — that has been my first headline. I thought the boys fought for each yard of their pitch and played great football and scored wonderful objectives.”
Arsenal also contains six points after beating Burnely 2-1 before on Saturday, thanks to goals by Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
In Saturday’s final Premier League game defending winner Manchester City drew 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur.
City led twice in the game, initially through Raheem Sterling’s header and then Sergio Aguero’s close-range finish, but goals from Erik Lamela and substitute Lucas Moura secured a stage for Tottenham.
In stoppage time, substitute Gabriel Jesus looked to awarded the home side a dramatic triumph, however the goal was disallowed after VAR ruled the ball had struck Aymeric Laporte’s arm until it reached the Brazilian forward.
“I am in love with VAR,” quipped Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino in a post-match interview with Sky Sports.

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