Liverpool now have just days left to solve their goalkeeping problems as the EFL transfer window deadline looms. With Alisson out of action, the Reds look desperate not to rely on Adrian any more than they absolutely have to.
The controversial Spaniard drove a wedge further between him and the Kopites in his most recent performance. A shock defeat at Villa Park saw them ship a mammoth seven goals, the first reigning top flight champions to do so since Arsenal in 1953 (via Goal.com).
However, some recent insight from James Pearce may make fans change their views on him. Speaking on The Athletic’s Red Agenda podcast, the Liverpool reporter revealed that Adrian is trying to make things right after his recent calamitous display.
“There is pressure on Adrian,” Pearce said (via This Is Futbol). “But I know for a fact he was back at Melwood the day after what happened at Villa Park working with John Achterberg knuckling down desperate to learn from what he’d done wrong and knowing that he’ll have the opportunity to put things right at Goodison [Park].”
The 33-year-old’s performance against Aston Villa wasn’t the first time he has been disappointing in the nets. Last season, Adrian essentially single-handedly knocked Liverpool out of both the FA Cup and Champions League. Costly blunders against Chelsea and Atletico Madrid cost the Reds their place in the competitions and fans have been ripping the Sevilla-born ‘keeper to shreds ever since.
Even the club staff are questioning his abilities and are currently looking to outsource a replacement until Alisson returns from injury. However, despite the fans on his back and Jurgen Klopp losing faith, Adrian is still trying to make the best of his time at Anfield.
His tweet following the Villa defeat may not have been very telling, but he is doing his talking on the training pitch. If Adrian has acknowledged his errors and shows improvement against Everton on Saturday, he deserves a lot of respect for silently addressing the situation and working to rectify it.