Jurgen Klopp is relieved to have somebody who “can catch balls” in Adrian for Liverpool as Alisson Becker’s injury problems continue.
Adrian, who arrived on a free transfer on August 5, has already become an Anfield hero after his decisive penalty save won Liverpool the UEFA Super Cup earlier this month against Chelsea.
The former West Ham goalkeeper has since started Liverpool’s last three Premier League games following Alisson’s calf injury.
The Brazil international sustained the blow during the club’s 4-1 opening day victory over Norwich City. Therefore, he’s spent the last few weeks recovering while Adrian has stepped up and taken centre-stage.
Although Alisson winning the UEFA Goalkeeper of the Season award on Thursday gave Reds fans a timely reminder of who’s the top dog.
However, Klopp still can’t give a possible return date for his first-choice Liverpool keeper.
“He has made steps, of course, but it was a proper injury, so it will still take time,” said Klopp on the club’s website.
“This is how it always is with professional sportsmen – when you have a muscle thing and it takes long, then it takes a while as well until you can bring the muscle to at least the same level as it was before.
“A calf muscle is pretty important for jumping – and for a goalie, it is quite important that you can jump from time to time, so it will take time.”
So, the Reds boss will continue to rely on a fully-fit Adrian for Saturday’s trip to Burnley.
“Thank God – and hopefully it stays like this – we have a fit Adrian in the back and now in charge, which is good,” added Klopp.
“So far, I am really happy with everything I saw. He is a good guy, which is important as well, but most importantly, of course, he can catch balls and that’s good as well.
“The solution we found for it is really good, but of course it would be better if ‘Ali’ was around but that will still take some time.”
Liverpool, who aim to maintain their 100% winning start in the Premier League, will begin their Burnley game at 18:30 (CET).