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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has said that Adrian can do a “very good job” when he replaces Alisson in goal against Everton on Wednesday.
The Red will face the Toffees at Anfield in midweek as they look to consolidate their place at the top of the Premier League. However, they will need to do so without Alisson, who will have to sit out after being sent off against Brighton at the weekend.
That will mean that back-up Adrian will need to step into the breach, but Henderson is confident that the former West Ham shot-stopper will live up to the occasion. He told Liverpool’s official website: “Adri has done brilliantly when he’s come in during the season. He’s been in good shape in training, so hopefully he just continues that into the games where Ali will be missing. I think Adri has proven that he’s more than capable of doing a very good job there.”
Given the quality of Alisson – on Monday night, he picked up the Yashin Award, given to the best goalkeeper of the year – he will likely be missed against the Goodison Park team. But having Adrian come in to replace him will not worry Jurgen Klopp too much given the way he has already proved himself this term.
The Spaniard was the hero against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final, for example, saving Tammy Abraham’s crucial penalty in the shoot-out to give his team the victory. That will have likely been a confidence boost for him, and the team, who now know they can rely on him should they need him. In all the games he has featured in, Klopp’s side have failed to win just one.
The £4.5m-valued 32-year-old – as per Transfermarkt – has come in and replaced Simon Mignolet, who failed to play even one match last season in the Premier League or in Europe. That, in part, will have been down to his poor displays in the past – only five goalkeepers have made more errors that have led to goals since the data has been put together. He was sold to Club Brugge in the summer.
As such, a new alternative was needed, and Adrian just so happened to be available on a free transfer. And, although he is not a first-choice when the Brazil international is available, he may just be one of the team’s most important signings. He has bags of experience in the top flight – this is his seventh campaign in the Premier League – and having someone that the team can fall back on will give the whole squad plenty of confidence.
There is nothing worse than having someone come in who is not up to the required standard, and that fear can quickly spread. Against Marco Silva’s men, Adrian will have the chance to prove himself once again.
Meanwhile, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said one Liverpool star was a target for Bayern Munich before he moved to the Premier League.