Adrian and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started their first Premier League games of the season for Liverpool on Saturday.
Sky Sports pundit Alan McInally has claimed that Adrian will be ‘getting a blasting’ from Jurgen Klopp for his mistake during Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Southampton.
Summer signing Adrian, who is filling in for the injured Alisson Becker, passed the ball straight to the feet of Danny Ings as he was trying to play the ball out from the back, with the Southampton striker punishing the Spaniard.
Only a few days earlier, Adrian helped Liverpool beat Chelsea in the European Super Cup by being the hero on the night during the penalty shootout win.
Speaking to Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports News (17/08/2019 at 5:45 pm), McInally believes Klopp wouldn’t have been too happy with his goalkeeper, as he also praised Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for his returning performance.
“I’m telling you right now, he’s getting a blast from Klopp,” McInally told Soccer Saturday. “See when he did it the first time, he was trying to be Alisson. He’s trying to be, ‘I’m so composed here, Van Dijk has given me a super pass’. He makes decent control and then he likes ‘who can I pass it to?’. And by that time he’s closed down.
“The fact that he gets caught the second time and gets punished for it, I think Klopp will have a right go at him. He won’t be happy with his goalkeeper.
“He [Oxlade-Chamberlain] did really well. There were a couple of shots he had, they were blocked. He was involved in nearly everything. He looks as though he is getting back to a little bit of fitness. And I can understand why Klopp started him. He’ll be satisfied with what he did.”
The positives to take for Liverpool is that they have made a 100% start and despite Adrian’s mistake, it didn’t end up proving costly for the team.
Added with that, despite his lack of rest, Sadio Mane is looking better than ever and Oxlade-Chamberlain started his first league game since his long-term injury.
Klopp’s side will now face one of their biggest tests of the season when they take on Arsenal on Saturday evening, with Unai Emery’s side also winning their first two opening matches.