Brad Friedel: Why Adrian won’t affect Liverpool FC’s title hopes
Liverpool FC legend Brad Friedel explains why the Reds shouldn't fret about Alisson's injury
Brad Friedel has played down the significance of Alisson’s absence on Liverpool FC’s hopes of winning the Premier League title.
The Reds are currently without their first-choice goalkeeper after Alisson suffered a calf injury in their season opener against Norwich City.
Summer signing Adrian made his debut as a first-half substitute as Liverpool FC eased to a 4-1 victory over the promoted side at Anfield.
Adrian has since conceded four times in three competitive games, including a big mistake in a 2-1 win at Southampton earlier this month.
The former West Ham goalkeeper’s performances have left some club legends such as Mark Lawrenson feeling concerned for Liverpool FC in Alisson’s absence.
The Brazilian shot-stopper is expected to be sidelined for around another three or four weeks due to his calf problem.
However, former Liverpool FC goalkeeper Friedel believes that Alisson’s absence won’t have a big impact on the Reds given how good Jurgen Klopp’s team is.
“People will compare Adrian to Alisson but that’s not fair, Alisson is one of the best in the world and he will be missed. Luckily for Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has got such a good team that there’ll be a lot of games that won’t need to be decided by the goalkeeper,” Friedel told US-bookies.com
“Klopp won’t admit that but there’s very few weaknesses in the team. They can possess the ball, they’re strong down the wings, they can counterattack. (Virgil) Van Dijk has sured up the defence. Even if the keeper makes a mistake, there’ll be a lot of games where they’ll still win.”
Alisson was named the Champions League goalkeeper of the year in Monaco on Thursday night after the Brazilian won the Champions League title with Liverpool FC last term.
The South American finished with the best record in the Premier League last term after conceding 22 times in 38 games.
Liverpool FC will face Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.