Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian is a doubt for the Premier League trip to Southampton this weekend after a collision with a supporter during the Super Cup final celebrations in Turkey.
Immediately after making the decisive save from Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham in the penalty shootout on Wednesday, Adrian was celebrating with his Reds teammates when a fan ran onto the pitch and accidentally slid into the Spaniard, according to manager Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp, already without first-choice keeper Alisson Becker for a number of weeks because of a calf complaint, is optimistic over his back-up but is ready to deploy 35-year-old Andy Lonergan on Saturday if required.
When asked whether Adrian’s shootout heroics could boost his confidence, Klopp responded: “It would help him a lot if it would be 100 per cent clear he can play.
“A supporter jumped over something, was chased by some security guys, slipped and kicked his ankle. It’s crazy.
Adrian: From villain to hero
“Yesterday it was swollen, today I spoke to him and he said ‘it’s much better than yesterday’ but we have to see. Apart from that it was a brilliant night for him, not only because of the penalty but also because of the game.”
Alisson’s injury prompted Liverpool to sign Andy Lonergan on a short-term contract, the former Preston, Leeds and Bolton goalkeeper having trained with the Merseysiders over the summer.
Asked whether Lonergan would be ready to deputise, Klopp responded: “Yeah. (Caoimhin) Kelleher is now in training as well, so we have them. If we have to make a decision, we have to make a decision.”
Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool had enjoyed the perfect afternoon at Bournemouth after cruising to a comfortable 3-0 win to stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League to 11 points.
Klopp said a commanding victory was the ideal preparation for Tuesday’s Champions League visit to Salzburg, where a point will guarantee the European champions passage into the last 16 of the competition.
In control of the game by halftime after goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah killed off any hopes Bournemouth had of fighting back with the third in the second half.
And from that point, Klopp’s eyes were trained on the trip to Austria, even if his players would have liked to have added to their goal tally.
“Yes, it was (perfect), 100 percent,” said the manager. “We scored wonderful goals, we had more chances and did really well and we were really uncomfortable to play against.
“From 3-0 on we controlled the game absolutely. The players didn’t like it too much, they wanted to be really loud in these moments but I didn’t want to see any unnecessary risk. It was maybe not the most exciting but necessary.” It was Liverpool’s 15th win from 16 Premier League matches and moved Klopp’s side 11 points clear, 24 hours before Leicester City face Aston Villa.
And it came with the added bonus of a first clean sheet since September. “I forgot actually how it feels to be honest,” said Klopp. “It’s great. That was the most used word when I came in the dressing room, clean sheet, clean sheet, clean sheet.
“Obviously everybody was desperate for that and now we have it, so let’s have it more often. The next game where a clean sheet would be useful is already around the corner, against Salzburg on Tuesday. It feels good.” Klopp could draw satisfaction from the performance of Keita, who marked his first Premier League start of the season with his side’s second goal in the 44th minute, nine minutes after Oxlade-Chamberlain had volleyed Liverpool ahead.
Salah provided the assist to Keita, and the roles were reversed in the 54th minute.
The manager admitted Salah, who did not feature against Everton in midweek, now looks to be returning to his best form.
“Naby was great, Mo, absolutely strong,” said Klopp. “It’s long ago that he got that knock but you carry things like this with you when you have game after game after game. He looks now 100 percent.” The only downside of the afternoon was an injury to Dejan Lovren but Klopp is confident the centre-back is suffering from only a minor problem and expects him to press for a return on Tuesday.