Liverpool holds on for win against Southampton despite Adrian howler

(CNN) — Goalkeeper Adrian’s Liverpool career is proving a serious roller coaster. The Spanish shot-stopper only joined the club on August 5 to provide cover for Alisson Becker, but was immediately thrown in at the deep end after the Brazilian keeper lasted a calf injury in Liverpool’s opening afternoon Premier League victory over Norwich. In his second match for the Reds, Adrian proved to be protagonist as Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties to win the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday. However, since the Liverpool players thronged around Adrian to congratulate him on his match-winning penalty save to thwart Tammy Abraham, a supporter hurried from the racks to join in the parties and managed to injure the goalkeeper’s ankle from the melee. READ: Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool’s’Rocky’ in Western Super Cup triumph READ: Mohamed Salah sends cheeky message to Pep Guardiola On Friday, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed he had worries that Adrian might not be fit for Saturday’s Premier League game against Southampton and the Champions League champions might need to rely on either 35-year-old Andy Lonergan or 20-year-old Caoimhin Kelleher, who’s just graduated in the club’s academy. In the long run, Adrian was healthy enough to play against Southampton and the Spaniard had another eventful 90 moments. READ: Jurgen Klopp ends praise for history-making referee Stephanie Frappart Southampton were on top in the first half and Adrian brilliantly preserved Maya Yoshida’s header following a corner before dashing from his goal to deny Che Adams. Just before half-time, Sadio Mane’s excellent shot gave Liverpool the lead, with Roberto Firmino extending the Reds’ lead after this interval. READ: Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah comforts young fan floored by streetlamp Liverpool were in cruise control — before the 83rd minute when Adrian took too long to clean the ball, along with his shot rebounding off Danny Ings and to the net to revive Southampton’s hopes of securing a stage. Late on former Liverpool striker Ings had yet another good chance grab a draw for Southampton but Klopp’s side held on for their second successive Premier League win of the year. “He has finally arrived because it’s his third match and thus it is normal to get a Liverpool keeper to tick that box [by building a error ]… We could continue,” Klopp told the BBC as he reflected Liverpool’s win and Adrian’s mistake. “I said before the game that most of the headlines had been composed, everybody was ready for what looked like a banana skin, since Southampton had lost their first game and we had issues last year,” added that the Liverpool manaer. “Our strategy for your headline was’the mindset giants ‘ in town’ — which has been my first headline. I believed the boys fought for every yard of this pitch and played great football and tasted amazing targets.” Arsenal also has six points after defeating Burnely 2-1 before on Saturday, thanks to goals by Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. In Saturday’s final Premier League match defending champion Manchester City drew 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur. City contributed twice in the match, initially during Raheem Sterling’s header and then Sergio Aguero’s close-range complete, but targets in Erik Lamela and substitute Lucas Moura secured a stage for Tottenham. In stoppage time, substitute Gabriel Jesus looked to awarded the home side a stunning win, however the goal was disallowed after VAR ruled the ball had hit Aymeric Laporte’s arm before it attained the Brazilian forward. “I’m in love with VAR,” quipped Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino at a post-match interview with Sky Sports.

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