Liverpool holds on for win against Southampton despite Adrian howler

(CNN) — Goalkeeper Adrian’s Liverpool career is proving quite a roller coaster.
The Spanish shot-stopper just joined the team on August 5 to offer cover for Alisson Becker, but was instantly thrown in at the deep end after the Brazilian keeper sustained a calf injury in Liverpool’s opening afternoon Premier League victory over Norwich.
In his second match for the Reds, Adrian proved to be protagonist 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 hurried from the racks to join in the parties and finally managed to injure the goalkeeper’s fur in the melee.
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However on Friday, Liverpool director Jurgen Klopp revealed he had worries that Adrian might not be suitable for Saturday’s Premier League game against Southampton and the Champions League winners may need to rely on either 35-year-old Andy Lonergan or 20-year-old Caoimhin Kelleher, who’s just graduated from your club’s academy.
In the end, Adrian was healthy to play against Southampton and the Spaniard had yet another eventful 90 moments.
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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 from his objective to deny Che Adams.
Before half-time, Sadio Mane’s excellent shot gave Liverpool the lead, together with Roberto Firmino extending the Reds’ lead after the period.
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Liverpool were in cruise control — until the 83rd minute when Adrian took too long to clean the ball, along with his shot rebounding off Danny Ings and to the net to reestablish Southampton’s hopes of securing a point.
Late on former Liverpool striker Ings had yet another fantastic chance catch a draw for Southampton but Klopp’s side held on for their second successive Premier League win of this season.
“He has arrived because it is his third game and so it is normal to get a Liverpool keeper to indicate that box [by creating a mistake]… Now we can continue,” Klopp informed the BBC because he reflected on Liverpool’s win and Adrian’s error.
“I said before the game that most of the headlines had been written, everyone was ready for what looked like a banana skin, because Southampton had dropped their very first match and we had issues here last year,” added the Liverpool manaer.
“Our strategy for the headline was’the mindset giants are in town’ — which was my first headline. I believed the boys fought for every lawn of their pitch and played great football and tasted amazing targets.”
Arsenal also has six points after defeating Burnely 2-1 earlier on Saturday, thanks to goals by Alexandre Lacazette along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
In Saturday’s closing Premier League game defending champion Manchester City drew 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur.
City directed twice in the game, initially during 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 seemed to given the home side a stunning win, but the goal was disallowed after VAR mastered the ball had hit Aymeric Laporte’s arm until it attained that the Brazilian forward.
“I am in love with VAR,” quipped Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino at a post-match interview with Sky Sports.

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