(CNN) — Goalkeeper Adrian’s Liverpool career is proving a serious roller coaster.
The Spanish shot-stopper only joined the team on August 5 to offer cover for Alisson Becker, but was thrown in at the deep end following the Brazilian keeper sustained a calf injury in Liverpool’s opening day Premier League victory over Norwich.
In his second game for the Reds, Adrian was hero as Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties to win the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday.
However, because 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 finally managed to injure the goalkeeper’s fur in the melee.
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However on Friday, Liverpool director Jurgen Klopp disclosed he had concerns that Adrian may not be suitable for Saturday’s Premier League match against Southampton and the Champions League winners might have to rely on either 35-year-old Andy Lonergan or even 20-year-old Caoimhin Kelleher, who has just graduated out of the club’s academy.
In the long run, Adrian was healthy to play against Southampton and the Spaniard had another eventful 90 minutes.
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Southampton were on top in the first half and Adrian brilliantly saved Maya Yoshida’s header after a corner before rushing from his aim to deny Che Adams.
Before half-time, Sadio Mane’s superb shot gave Liverpool the lead, with Roberto Firmino stretching the Reds’ lead after this period.
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Liverpool have been in flea control — until the 83rd minute when Adrian took too long to clear the ball, along with his shot rebounding off Danny Ings and into the net to revive Southampton’s hopes of procuring a stage.
Late on former Liverpool striker Ings had yet another great chance grab a draw for Southampton but Klopp’s side held on to their second successive Premier League win of the year.
“He has finally arrived because it’s his third game and thus it’s normal for a Liverpool keeper to tick that box [by creating a error ]… We can carry on,” Klopp informed the BBC because he reflected Liverpool’s triumph and Adrian’s mistake.
“I said before the match that most of the headlines had been composed, everyone was prepared for what looked like a banana skin, because Southampton had lost their first match and we had troubles here last year,” added the Liverpool manaer.
“Our strategy for your headline was’the mentality giants ‘ in city’ — which was my headline. I thought the boys battled for each yard of this pitch and played good football and tasted fantastic objectives.”
Arsenal also has six points after defeating Burnely 2-1 earlier on Saturday, thanks to goals in Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
In Saturday’s closing Premier League match defending winner Manchester City drew 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur.
City led twice in the match, initially through Raheem Sterling’s header and then Sergio Aguero’s close-range finish, but goals from Erik Lamela and substitute Lucas Moura procured a stage for Tottenham.
In stoppage time, substitute Gabriel Jesus seemed to given the home side a stunning win, but the goal was disallowed after VAR dominated the ball had hit Aymeric Laporte’s arm until it touched the Brazilian forward.
“I am in love with VAR,” quipped Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino at a post-match meeting with Sky Sports.