Alisson absence raises concern for Liverpool defence
SOUTHAMPTON, AUG 16: Liverpool reserve goalkeeper Adrian enjoyed a memorable full debut in winning the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul, but Southampton will hope his penalty shootout heroics against Chelsea simply masked a broader problem ahead of Saturday's clash at St Mary's.
A Liverpool defence that kept 20 clean sheets in the Premier League alone last season has looked strangely vulnerable in the first two competitive games of the new campaign.
Premier League newcomers Norwich enjoyed a number of chances in the opening game of the season at Anfield, but could only score once and were punished by Jurgen Klopp's high-octane attack in a 4-1 defeat.
Chelsea also cut through the Liverpool defence too easily for Klopp's liking in a 2-2 draw after extra-time in Turkey before Adrian stole the headlines with his save from Tammy Abraham after nine successful spot-kicks in the shootout.
The 32-year-old Spaniard was starting his first game for the European champions, just nine days after signing for Liverpool as cover for first choice Alisson Becker.
The Brazilian picked up a calf injury in the first-half against Norwich, a problem which could sideline him for up to eight weeks and which will see Adrian, who spent the summer as a free agent following his departure from West Ham, thrown into the spotlight.
"Obviously it was a bit hard summer for me, a different one, because I didn't know when I was going to a start with a team or another team, the Spanish league or not," said Adrian, who had been training in his native Seville until two weeks ago.
"I didn't know in that moment that Liverpool would come to me and call me saying 'Adrian, come on, come to us because (Simon) Mignolet has an offer' and they let him go.
"At the end of the day, it was a great decision to come here, to give that title, the first one (of the season) to Liverpool." -AFP