Well…that could have gone better, but there’s no point in stewing.
As they say, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. We’ll learn from our mistakes and improve from here. We did it against Barcelona last year, so we can do it again.
But before we move on and focus our attention on Sunday, there was one good thing that came out of the game: Adrian’s newfound goalkeeping skills.
A couple of weeks ago, I said that Liverpool may struggle in the Champions League without Alisson. I have to admit- I may have been wrong.
Liverpool’s Man of the Match was Adrian.
Without him, the result could have been far worse. He has become a completely different player to the one that we saw at Southampton. Our number two was calm on the ball, confident with every catch and even made some amazing saves.
I’m not the only one who noticed his exceptional performance either, with pundits and fans complimenting his newfound ability:
One of the finest saves you’ll see from Adrian: pic.twitter.com/SoMJC9Qedc
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 17, 2019
That, by Adrian, is one of the best saves I've ever seen. Phenomenal.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) September 17, 2019
Honestly was so worried and distraught when Alisson got injured but credit to Adrian, he's been a very apt replacement.
Stunning saves and now seeing how comfortable he is on the ball too. #LFC
— Jagmeet ਜਗਮੀਤ (@jagmeet_93) September 17, 2019
Adrian really did deserve to have a clean sheet tonight after that performance. In fact, that has to be his best performance yet. It was really unfortunate when their penalty found the back of the net, even though he got a hand to it. We can’t even fault him for their second goal as that caught us all by surprise.
I do believe that Alisson provides the structure and confidence to our defence, but maybe that’s because I’m still getting used to Adrian’s play. However, my opinion is definitely changing on him.
If Adrian continues to show progress under Achtberg, we would have a solid substitute goalkeeper.