Former Tottenham and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has voiced his surprise at Liverpool’s decision to stick with Adrian as their number two.
Robinson says that he thinks Jurgen Klopp should have addressed their goalkeeper issue in the transfer window and is shocked that they appear to be sticking with Adrian.
Alisson is currently out injured and is set to miss the next five-to-six weeks with a shoulder problem he picked up in training. This leaves Adrian as the first-choice between the sticks whilst Alisson is out.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson gave his opinion on Liverpool’s goalkeeper situation. “I personally think that he sticks with Adrian and gives him another opportunity.
“I am surprised that they have not already signed another goalkeeper knowing that Alisson will be out for 5 to 6 weeks.
“Adrian is having a wobble, he is not playing well and the only other fit goalkeeper is inexperienced so I just cannot understand why he has not addressed the situation yet.
“Liverpool have had the whole international break. It was the perfect opportunity.”
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The issue for Liverpool is that the domestic window closes on Friday and the only goalkeepers they can sign are from the Football League. If they feel that none of the potential options in those divisions are good enough to make a difference to their results in the next six weeks, then sticking with Adrian is the right decision.
Liverpool could believe that Adrian is good enough to be a short-term option whilst Alisson is out and then when the Brazilian returns there will be little need for a second choice. This also brings up another issue with signing a back-up goalkeeper as any incoming player may be wary of the fact that Alisson is the number one and their gametime will be limited after he comes back from his injury.
Alisson has kept 35 clean sheets in his 70 appearances for Liverpool in the Premier League, setting a high bar for any player looking to dislodge him. With Adrian, seemingly, content with being a second choice to be called upon when needed, Liverpool may be comfortable keeping him around for the time being.