Former Premier League goalkeeper Paul Robinson has expressed his concerns over Adrian’s performance in Liverpool’s weekend win over Brighton and Hove Albion with a Merseyside derby on the horizon.
Alisson’s sending-off against the Seagulls saw the Reds endure a nervy end to the game on Saturday, especially after Brighton had contentiously pulled a goal back through Lewis Dunk’s quickly taken free-kick which caught out the Spanish substitute ‘keeper.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson feels that the controversial strike knocked the goalkeeper’s confidence, particularly with it coming just minutes into his brief appearance.
He said: “He looked really edgy, really shaky, especially as it was just a one-goal lead.
“I think Adrian coming on, it was the quick free-kick that really knocked him, as the first thing you don’t want to do when coming on is pick the ball out of the net, and you’d be half-to-blame as you were stood at one side of your goal trying to organise your wall.
“It’s hard enough coming on and conceding a goal which he should have been more alert to stop, it would have knocked his confidence.
“And I think he looked shaky in the game, he dropped a couple of balls and he didn’t look comfortable.”
With Adrian expected to stand in for the suspended Alisson ahead of Everton’s visit in midweek, he will likely need to compose himself in time for a crucial fixture if his confidence has been affected in the way Robinson suggests.
It could be argued that all eyes will be on him with Liverpool forced to turn to their second-choice ‘keeper in a game that has local bragging rights riding on it as well as valuable points – particularly in a season like this for Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders.
And although he has a record of just two clean sheets in nine league games, the fact that Liverpool won every one of those matches may suggest that regardless of any nerves from Adrian, the team can comfortably avoid a hiccup against their local rivals.
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