Alisson absence leaves Adrian with huge gloves to fill at Liverpool

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2019

Liverpool's success last season was built on a solid defensive foundation, as Alisson kept a Premier League high 21 clean sheets as they pushed Manchester City all the way.

So, what can Liverpool fans expect from their new No 1?

Whilst taking a goal-kick shortly before the interval, the Brazilian slipped, injuring his calf in the process.

Liverpool were already 3-0 up when Adrian was called upon to replace Alisson, who managed to leave the field without a stretcher despite looking in a great deal of pain.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he will need to wrap goalkeeper Adrian up in cotton wool, while Alisson recovers from the calf injury he picked up on the opening day of the season.

Now, Liverpool may have found a short-term solution for the goalkeeping crisis at Anfield as the Reds have been linked with a move for former Fulham and Leeds United goalkeeper Andy Lonergan.

When you take into account the challenges Klopp and his squad have been forced to overcome this summer, it was an impressive performance against a Norwich side that will give a few teams problems this season - and yet I do wonder whether Klopp's men will suffer as this season goes on.

'He's training only [for] five days or so, catching balls and all that stuff.

"So that's a very experienced solution but in the moment when Caoimhin is back then obviously Adrian is No.1, Caoimhin probably No.2 but we have to see how then he can have some games with the U23s or U21s [so] that he gets match practice as well".

"He looked very good and very sharp from the first session he had with us but of course now we need to be careful [and] pack him in cotton wool pretty much. It's a calf injury which takes him obviously out for a while", he told Liverpool's official website.

"He was in with us, he's a brilliant character, a really nice lad and helped us a lot in the pre-season and now we made a decision to work together with him".

'We have to see how that works but that's then how we cover that situation'.

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