Jurgen Klopp found the funnier side of Adrian’s howler which gave Southampton a sniff of picking up a point against Liverpool on Saturday.
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With seven minutes to go Liverpool led 2-0 but Adrian, who was rushed back from injury himself after replacing the injured first-choice goalkeeper Alisson, inexplicably passed the ball straight to Danny Ings who scored.
Speaking to the BBC after the game, Klopp laughed off Adrian’s mistake and said he is now a proper Liverpool goalkeeper because of it.
“Southampton had one more big chance and if they score then we can’t moan about that – but I think we deserve three points. I’m happy with the performance,” Klopp said. “We gave them a proper boost by that nice pass by Adrian. He has finally arrived because it is his third game and so it is normal for a Liverpool keeper to tick that box [by making a mistake]! Now we can carry on.”
After shouting “Adriannnnnn! Like Rocky!” after Adrian’s penalty kick heroics which won Liverpool the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday, Klopp keeps rolling out the classics.
Long-term he knows Alisson will be his first-choice goalkeeper and after the struggles of Lorus Karius and Simon Mignolet, Klopp is chilled out enough to know Liverpool’s goalkeepers always seem to have a few big mistakes in their locker.
Hopefully, for Liverpool’s sake, Adrian know has that big mistake out of his system.