Former Liverpool great Mark Lawrenson believes that back-up goalkeeper Adrian is the ‘one worry’ for the Reds heading into Wednesday’s Merseyside derby.
The Spaniard will almost certainly start against Everton after Alisson was sent off in the win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday. Despite Lawro’s concerns, though, he feels Jurgen Klopp’s men will prevail 2-0 at Anfield.
“There are still ways for the Toffees to hurt Liverpool though,” he wrote on the BBC Sport website. “One worry for Reds fans here is that Alisson is suspended so Adrian will fill in in goal.
“I think Everton will be very direct and looking to test Adrian from corners and free-kicks, because at set-pieces I think he looks vulnerable. I still expect Liverpool to win, but I am not expecting it to be easy for them.”
Where has all this concern over Adrian come from? Because he had a dodgy 20 minutes off the bench against Brighton? What about the 10 games he played before that this season. As per WhoScored.com, the 32-year-old was averaging 1.6 saves per game during that run in the team, so he didn’t look too dodgy then, did he? But all of a sudden, after a bit of a ropey showing against the Seagulls, he’s a huge cause for concern on Wednesday. He’s one of the best back-up goalies in the Premier League, that’s for sure. Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal is at least as much of a worry as the Spaniard – possibly even more so after what he pulled last season. Either way, whether you believe that Adrian is vulnerable or not, you’ve got to think that Klopp’s team will come through unscathed on Wednesday. They are simply a much better team than the Toffees at present, so if they play anywhere near their best they should be victorious.