Adrian throws down the gauntlet over Alisson, Liverpool competition

Date published: Thursday 17th October 2019 3:36

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian has declared that boss Jurgen Klopp has “two number ones” at his disposal, despite the Spaniard set to lose his place when Alisson returns from injury.

Adrian, signed just four days before Liverpool opened their Premier League campaign against Norwich City in August, was thrown into the limelight when his teammate went down with a calf injury in the first half of that game.

The 32-year-old has since deputised well for the Brazilian both domestically and in the Champions League but Klopp is expected to welcome Alisson back into the fold for Sunday’s clash against Old Trafford.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, however, Adrian insisted that he only sees the competition between the two as positive.

“When I signed for Liverpool I knew I was coming for a big challenge in my career and I think the competition makes us better,” the stopper said. “So to have two number ones in the team is great for both of us.

“It’s a good decision for the manager because everyone wants to have the best and I think we are here – two number ones.



“It’s not my mentality to be a number two and even less so when I am 32. Maybe in four, five years time I will tell you differently but it’s much better than being in a comfort zone of one number one and the other [goalkeeper] sitting on the bench forever.

“But I also like to be united and work together. I’m full of confidence to help Liverpool on the pitch and from the bench when the manager decides that Alisson plays.”

Liverpool go into Sunday’s clash with the Red Devils eight points clear at the summit having kept a perfect record in the top flight so far.

Meanwhile, a report has indicated that Klopp is willing to listen to offers for midfielder Adam Lallana in January given his recent struggles with securing game time at Anfield.


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