Southampton 1 – Liverpool 2
Liverpool have reacted superbly after they lost the Community Shield to Man City.
Since that defeat, the Reds have three wins from three games.
Last weekend, Liverpool opened their Premier League season by beating Norwich 4-1, before they beat Chelsea to lift the UEFA Super Cup.
On Saturday at St. Mary’s, Liverpool won again, as they beat Southampton 2-1.
Goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino put Liverpool 2-up on the south coast.
Danny Ings set up a nervous finish after he scored against his former employers.
Jurgen Klopp rendered Adrian blameless for his terrible error
Southampton’s goal came after a shocking error from Liverpool goalie Adrian.
Adrian played into danger as he dallied on the ball in the Liverpool penalty area.
Instead of quickly clearing his lines, Adrian took too long in possession.
That allowed Ings to steam in and close down the Reds keeper.
Adrian’s attempted clearance was blocked by Ings, and the ball trickled into the net.
Yet, while the goal was obviously the result of Adrian’s mistake, Jurgen Klopp refused to blame his stand-in stopper:
Minute 83, Adrian thought, ‘I’ve played really well so I have to make a mistake like Ali did’ and kept the game a little bit open.
I said to him, ‘Finally, it arrived, welcome’. Ali did the same, obviously it is a goalie thing at Liverpool. I have no problem with that as long as we win the game.
Adrian had a swollen ankle, we played too many balls back to him in that period. I was happy with everything he did today, all the saves he made, all the other stuff.
The other players need to feel the responsibility for the build-up for the balls back for him. He is good with his feet and if you would have seen his ankle on Thursday when we left the plane then you would say that pass for the goal was better than you would have expected. It is all fine.
Alisson’s error vs Leicester
A reminder of how Alisson made a similar mistake to Adrian’s against Leicester last season: