One thing that can be sure from Liverpool’s humiliating 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa is that the gulf in quality between their first and second choice goalkeepers is a huge problem.
The Reds were dealt their first loss of the Premier League campaign after Dean Smith’s side hit them for seven in a shock Villa Park demolition. Whilst only Mohamed Salah put in a performance of note, one man who looked completely out of his depth was Adrian.
The Spaniard stepped in to replace an absent Alisson, who has been ruled out for 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury picked up during training. This means fringe ‘keeper Adrian will likely be the man between the sticks for Liverpool’s looming clash against league leaders Everton at Goodison Park.
Whilst the 33-year-old has pulled off some impressive performances during his Anfield tenure so far, a lot of these have been heavily outweighed by sheer disaster-classes. His heroics in the Super Cup final to snub Chelsea of some silverware will undoubtedly be a highlight of his career, but his singlehanded errors in both the Champions League and FA Cup last season have turned fans against him.
Adrian’s performance against Villa was another he will want to forget. Conceding seven is something no title-winning side should be subject to and indeed, Liverpool are the first holding champions to concede this amount in 67 years. What worsens the result is that Adrian was directly at fault for Villa’s opening goal, after gifting Ollie Watkins a tap-in inside the box.
As established by Sofascore, the former West Ham man’s weakness is error proneness. Last season, Adrian made three mistakes which led to an opposition goal and his first match in action this campaign already gives him a 100% error-to-game ratio.
Caoimhin Kelleher is Liverpool’s only other senior option and he has made just four first team appearances for the Reds, featuring only in Cup competitions so far (via Transfermarkt). Jurgen Klopp must consider a last-gasp move for a new goalkeeper before the transfer window shuts, or he risks more games like the Villa defeat to hold them back from another league title.