Adrian A Doubt For Liverpool's Game Versus Southampton, Andy Lonergan Could Make Premier League Debut
Jurgen Klopp has revealed Liverpool will need to check the fitness of Adrian ahead of their Premier League game against Southampton, with third-choice goalkeeper Andy Lonergan on standby.
Adrian replaced the injured Alisson for the UEFA Super Cup and he produced heroics in goal, saving Tammy Abraham's penalty in the shootout to beat Chelsea.
However, the Spaniard suffered an injury moments later in bizarre fashion. A pitch invader slide tackled the keeper causing him to injure his ankle.
Liverpool could be without goalkeeper Adrian for this weekend's trip to Southampton after he was injured due to a pitch-invading fan.- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 16, 2019
Here is the incident which happened moments after winning the Super Cup penalty shootout :eyes: pic.twitter.com/tgHd7kz4I7
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Klopp said: "It would help a lot if it was 100% clear that he could play tomorrow because I really don't understand it in the world of social media when we are all on it together, a supporter jumped over something, was chased by some security guys, slipped, and kicked his (Adrian's) ankle.
"Crazy. Yesterday it was swollen, today I spoke to him, he's here and he told me it's much better than yesterday, but we have to see."
Jürgen Klopp has revealed #LFC will need to check on the fitness of @AdriSanMiguel ahead of tomorrow's game against @SouthamptonFC. https://t.co/WA5HkGC0Rr #SOULIV
- Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 16, 2019
So, with Alisson ruled out for a "few weeks" due to a calf injury and Adrian struggling to be fit for Saturday's league game, Klopp could be forced to field Lonergan who recently joined the club on a one-year deal.
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The 35-year-old Scottish keeper, whose enjoyed spells at Wolves, Leeds United and Fulham, among others, has never played a game in England's top flight, but he could make his debut at St Mary's Stadium.
Lonergan potentially making his Liverpool and Premier League bow this weekend became the talking point on social media.
35y 302d - Should he debut for Liverpool tomorrow, Andy Lonergan will be the oldest Englishman to make his Premier League debut in the 21st century, aged 35 years and 302 days. Evergreen. pic.twitter.com/lZRTnaR2BT
- OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 16, 2019
Andy Lonergan - last played for Rochdale, released by Middlesbrough, didn't even have a club on the 11th.
In 5 days, has a UEFA Super Cup medal and set to debut for Liverpool tomorrow. Amazing trajectory
- Mohammed Ali (@mohammedali_93) August 16, 2019
Glad that #Liverpool signed Andy Lonergan. Or James Milner would've had to play as a goalkeeper against Southampton this weekend.
- Kaustubh Pandey (@Kaus_Pandey17) August 16, 2019
A pitch invader in the #supercupfinal has actually injured Adrian meaning Liverpool have to start with Andy Lonergan is amazing
- Jack Perchard (@ThePerchy) August 16, 2019
Will Lonergan start in net on Saturday? Watch this space.