(CNN) — Goalkeeper Adrian’s Liverpool profession is proving quite a roller coaster.
The Spanish shot-stopper just joined the club on August 5 to offer cover for Alisson Becker, but was thrown in at the deep end following the Brazilian keeper continued a calf injury in Liverpool’s opening afternoon Premier League victory over Norwich.
In his next match for the Reds, Adrian was protagonist as Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties to win the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday.
However, since the Liverpool players thronged around Adrian to congratulate him on his match-winning penalty save to thwart Tammy Abraham, a supporter ran from the stands to join in the celebrations and somehow managed to injure the goalkeeper’s fur in the melee.
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However on Friday, Liverpool director Jurgen Klopp revealed he had worries that Adrian might not be fit for Saturday’s Premier League match against Southampton and the Champions League champions might need to rely on 35-year-old Andy Lonergan or 20-year-old Caoimhin Kelleher, who has just graduated out of the club’s academy.
In the end, Adrian was healthy to play against Southampton and the Spaniard had yet another eventful 90 moments.
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Southampton were in addition to the first half and Adrian brilliantly saved Maya Yoshida’s header after a corner before rushing out of his goal to deny Che Adams.
Just before half-time, Sadio Mane’s excellent shot gave Liverpool the lead, together with Roberto Firmino extending the Reds’ lead after this interval.
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Liverpool have been in flea control — before the 83rd minute when Adrian took too long to clear the ball, with his shot rebounding off Danny Ings and into the net to revive Southampton’s hopes of securing a point.
Late on past Liverpool striker Ings had yet another fantastic chance catch a draw for Southampton but Klopp’s side held on for their second successive Premier League win of the year.
“He has arrived because it’s his third game and so it is normal for a Liverpool keeper to signal that box [by building a mistake]… Now we could carry on,” Klopp informed the BBC as he reflected Liverpool’s triumph and Adrian’s error.
“I said before the game that the majority of the headlines were composed, everyone was ready for what seemed like a banana skin, because Southampton had dropped their first game and we had issues here last year,” added the Liverpool manaer.
“Our strategy for your headline was’the mentality giants ‘ in city’ — which was my headline. I believed the boys battled for every yard of this pitch and played great football and scored wonderful objectives.”
Arsenal also includes six points after beating Burnely 2-1 earlier on Saturday, thanks to goals by Alexandre Lacazette along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
In Saturday’s closing Premier League match defending champion Manchester City drew 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur.
City led twice in the game, initially during Raheem Sterling’s header after which Sergio Aguero’s close-range finish, but goals from Erik Lamela and substitute Lucas Moura procured a stage for Tottenham.
In stoppage time, substitute Gabriel Jesus looked to awarded the home side a stunning triumph, but the goal was disallowed after VAR dominated the ball had struck Aymeric Laporte’s arm before it reached that the Brazilian forward.
“I am in love with VAR,” quipped Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino in a post-match interview with Sky Sports.

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