Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian is going through a pretty rough time at the moment, with plenty of people criticising him and Tony Cascarino has added more fuel to that particular fire.
Cascarino does not hold back
The 33-year-old has had a season to forget so far after conceding seven goals at Villa Park before the international break and his woes continued yesterday after the Reds’ 2-2 draw against Everton at Goodison Park, which ended in controversial circumstances.
From 22 appearances for the Merseysiders, the Spaniard has only kept four clean sheets and has conceded 35 goals in almost 2000 minutes of play (as per TransferMarkt).
Should Adrian be given more time with the Liverpool first team?
Despite the likes of former Liverpool goalkeepers Tony Warner and Chris Kirkland suggesting that Jurgen Klopp should keep hold of the £3.6m-rated shot-stopper, one man is not convinced of his ability.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Cascarino, who was a striker for Chelsea in his playing days, gave a scathing review of Adrian.
“I think he’s the poorest second keeper in the Premier League,” he said. “I spoke openly at the start of the season about how I felt Liverpool needed a new goalkeeper, and that they need to go and get one if they haven’t got a young keeper to come through. Adrian started the rot at Villa Park.
“He tried to overplay in a terrible situation that cost them a goal, and it fell apart after that in front of him. He isn’t the scapegoat, there were lots of bad performances in that game, but he worries me.”
Klopp must take action
With Virgil van Dijk looking likely to be out injured for a significant amount of time and his first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker still missing, Klopp must not sit on his hands and must respond urgently to his newly-founded defensive crisis in January.
There are serious issues at the back which were not addressed over the summer. Dejan Lovren was not replaced and the German tactician has placed his faith in young centre-backs coming through the Melwood academy such as Rhys Williams, who featured for Liverpool during this season’s Carabao Cup campaign.
If the Anfield club continue to sit on their hands during the winter window, their title charge could be over before it’s even begun. They have already conceded 13 goals after five games this seaso, after going the whole of last season conceding just 33 times.
Time will tell what Klopp decides to do but whatever happens, he must ensure that his side doesn’t slip down the standings.
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