‘The fans are behind him’: Alexander-Arnold backs Adrian to fill boots

‘I think he feels the fans are already behind him’: Trent Alexander-Arnold backs Adrian to fill injured Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker’s boots

  • First choice keeper Alisson injured his calf in Friday’s Premier League opener
  • Understudy Adrian will start his first game for Liverpool on Wednesday
  • The Reds play in the European Super Cup against Chelsea in Istanbul
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold has faith in the former West Ham goalkeeper 

Trent Alexander-Arnold believes new signing Adrian is more than capable of deputising for injured number one Alisson Becker at Liverpool.

Spanish goalkeeper Adrian, who only signed on a free transfer last week after his release from West Ham, is likely to play in at least the next four matches for the Reds. 

Alisson, who won the Golden Glove last year, injured his calf while taking a goal-kick against Norwich in Liverpool’s Premier League opener on Friday night, and could be out for up to eight weeks.

Adrian conceded a goal in the second half against Norwich at Anfield on Friday night

Alisson Becker had to be replaced in the 38th minute with a calf injury after taking a goal-kick

But despite the injury being a far from ideal start for Jurgen Klopp’s side, Alexander-Arnold has great faith in Adrian’s ability to fill in, speaking to the Evening Standard. 

‘[His experience] is the main thing, he knows what he is doing,’ said the 20-year-old. 

‘He’s played a load of games, so he knows what it is about. The reception he got [on Friday], I think he feels as though the supporters are already behind him.

‘Obviously when a keeper has to come off, it’s never too promising, so yes, I think everyone needs to get their head around [the fact] that he probably will be our keeper for the next few weeks and if so, then we have to live with that, embrace that and I’m sure he will learn from us.

Alexander-Arnold, who notched an assist for the fifth Premier League game running when crossing for Divock Origi’s goal against the Canaries, points towards Adrian’s effect on the squad off the pitch so far. 

Jurgen Klopp looks on as Adrian prepares to make his Liverpool debut on Friday 

‘We will be able to make good connections with him and I think a lot of the lads have made bonds with him already because he’s such a good lad off the pitch.

‘He’s a great lad to have around and obviously he is playing now, that is good for him and us.’

Due to Alisson’s injury, Liverpool are considering given veteran goalkeeper Andrew Lonergan a one-year contract – 35-year-old Lonergan has been training with the club for the past month.  

Adrian’s first start for the club will come in the European Super Cup on Wednesday against Chelsea, which is taking place in Istanbul, where Liverpool famously won their fifth European Cup against AC Milan in 2005.

While Liverpool come into Wednesday’s game off the back of three points and four days rest, Chelsea were thumped 4-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, in Frank Lampard’s first Premier League game at the helm. 

Yet Alexander-Arnold is keen to take it one match at a time as the new season starts to get rolling. 

The English right back added: ‘I think, so far so good and of course it’s still early days, but it is good to set the standard we have.

‘I think the lads are back and they have hit the ground running. It’s good for us to have them back and in form straight away. 

‘Obviously Virg popping up with a goal again shows that this season will hopefully replicate last season with everyone chipping in with goals and hopefully the attackers don’t feel that it is just them that need to produce the goals and it is a team effort.  

Trent Alexander-Arnold assisted Liverpool’s fourth goal against Norwich, headed in by Origi

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