Adrian is facing a race against time to be fit for Liverpool’s trip to Southampton, indicating that Andy Lonergan could make his Reds debut. It’s safe to say that plenty of Saints fans are pretty happy with the news…
The Spaniard could yet be fit for the visit to St Mary’s Stadium, as he has confirmed, but it seems late tests will decide on whether or not he is able to participate.
Twitter: [email protected] has revealed he is hopeful of being fit to start #LFC’s match at @SouthamptonFC on Saturday.
Lots of Southampton fans have been discussing the prospect of 35-year-old Lonergan – who played for Rochdale United last season – stepping in for Saturday’s fixture, and there have been some good reactions to the news on Twitter…
Twitter: I’m dreaming. I’m honestly dreaming. #SaintsFC https://t.co/T7ftAotyFY (@danhargraves_)
Twitter: Can’t wait for us to not have a single shot at Lonergan tomorrow. Proper banter era stuff. #saintsfc https://t.co/SThFe1Bxf4 (@SteveGrant1983)
Twitter: Not sure Liverpool will actually need a keeper against #saintsfc tomorrow anyway.. (@MattHookway)
Twitter: Lonergan is either gonna be absolutely abysmal for #LFC or will play like a world-beater. There will be no in-between. #SaintsFC (@ChrisHughes1996)
Twitter: Do not tease me
#SaintsFc https://t.co/M6ZiFgkop8 (@JoshR1988)
Twitter: Hope Hasenhüttl has ‘Shoot on Sight’ ticked for this weekend’s game against Liverpool
#SaintsFC #FM19 https://t.co/TUK7sL53Pz (@jgtruscott)
Twitter: Andy Lonergan was in goal against us during the classic 3-2 away at Preston and the 3-1 win over Leeds on the first… https://t.co/5fHmOvjlzW (@SamDobson1)
Read Southampton’s verdict
It wouldn’t shock me if this was all mind games and Adrian is fully fit, ready to start and prepared to make his second Liverpool start.
However, if Lonergan is the man who is in line to occupy the goalkeeping berth, Southampton won’t have a better chance to get a positive result against the Reds. They simply must take advantage of their freakish injury problems in this position.
Adrian himself is hardly an unbeatable goalkeeper, but he is high on confidence after good showings since his free transfer to Anfield. Nevertheless, it will be a good opportunity to put Liverpool under the cosh after a demanding week of football has been mixed with two potentially damning injury blows to both Alisson and Adrian.