Liverpool have become the standard setters for recruitment in recent seasons. Michael Edwards and his team have become a paragon of frugality, they identify value and Jürgen Klopp turns them into world beaters – it’s a perfect system. However, the Liverpool exit from the Champions League points to a rare transfer failing from the team.

The Liverpool exit from Europe points to a rare transfer failing by the club.

The Liverpool exit from Europe points to a rare transfer failing by the club. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Reds knew they had a task on their hands heading into Wednesday night’s tie.

Atletico Madrid were holding onto a goal lead and Jürgen Klopp’s men had no away goal.

The visitors did what we expected them to do: they dug in deep and fought for every inch of their third.

Gini Wijnaldum restored parity and Roberto Firmino put the hosts in the lead before Adrian’s blunder gifted the game to the Spanish side.

An archaic away goal rule meant that The Reds had a mountain to climb once Adrian let in a second.

 

This game could point to Liverpool making a rare failing in the transfer market. When we sold Simon Mignolet, we should have invested more in a backup keeper.

Adrian is a good goalie and he performed well at the start of the season when thrust into the lineup in Alisson’s place.

However, when competing at the highest level, you need a more than adequate second choice keeper. If we want to dominate then Adrian should be our third choice, a player of Mignolet’s standard or above should be second choice.

In the summer we expect that The Reds will invest in a more well equipped backup goalkeeper, a younger deputy with potential.

We can’t put all our eggs in one basket with Alisson, we need to be more confident that we can rely on our backup in big games.

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