Jurgen Klopp: What I said to Adrian about Liverpool FC error
Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp opens up about his conversation with Adrain after Saturday's error
Jurgen Klopp played down the significance of Adrian’s error in Liverpool FC’s 2-1 win at Southampton on Saturday evening.
The Spanish goalkeeper started his first Premier League game at St Mary’s despite being an injury concern ahead of the fixture.
Liverpool FC made a slow start but Sadio Mane edged the visitors into a first-half lead with a superb finish.
The Reds appeared to be easing to victory when Roberto Firmino doubled Liverpool FC’s lead in the second half.
However, Adrian’s error allowed former Liverpool FC striker Danny Ings to halve the deficit with seven minutes to go.
The Champions League winners managed to dig deep to secure a valuable win.
Asked during his post-match media conference whether he spoke to Adrian about the mistake, Klopp said:
“Yes: ‘You finally arrived, welcome!’ Ali did the same. Obviously it’s a goalie thing at Liverpool, no problem with that as long as we win the games. All good.”
Asked about Adrian’s injury, Klopp added:
“Adrian had a swollen ankle and we played too many balls back to him in that period. I was happy with everything he did today, all the saves, all that stuff.
“The other players have to then feel more the responsibility for the build-up and cannot give all the balls back to him and hope the pain killers still help or whatever. I don’t think the goal was because of that, but a few other balls were. He is completely good with his feet.
“If you would have seen his ankle on Thursday after we left the plan then you would say even the pass before the [Southampton] goal was better than you would have expected! It is all fine.”
Adrian moved to Liverpool FC on a free transfer from West Ham United earlier this month.
The Reds goalkeeper has been drafted into the first team following Alisson Becker’s calf injury.
Adrian conceded a penalty in Liverpool FC’s Super Cup win on Wednesday night.
However, the Spanish shot stopper was the match winner after Adrian stopped Tammy Abraham’s penalty to win the shootout.
Liverpool FC will take on Arsenal in their next Premier League fixture at Anfield on Sunday 24 August.