Liverpool cannot afford to put all the blame on Adrian, despite his awful performance in the 7-2 defeat against Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday.

Alisson Becker’s shoulder injury meant Adrian stood between the sticks for Liverpool’s trip to Aston Villa. Despite a bizarrely good record in the Premier League, though, Adrian took just four minutes to embarrass himself.

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The Spaniard received a long backpass from Andy Robertson and looked to pass the ball right to Joe Gomez. Only, Gomez wasn’t in position. And the pass didn’t go to him, anyway.

Adrian passed it to Jack Grealish, instead, who crossed for Ollie Watkins to make it 1-0. A terrible start and the latest in a catalogue of errors for Liverpool this season.

Adrian went on to concede six further goals as Aston Villa pummelled Liverpool 7-2. While he certainly wasn’t at fault for all of them, he wasn’t exactly keeping his team in the game with great pieces of goalkeeping.

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It was a terrible performance, one we’ll remember forever – and it’s important not to put the blame on Adrian.

Systemic problems

There were plenty of shocking performances from Liverpool players but that suggests a deeper problem. Teams may have figured out how to play against the Reds.

Leeds United bagged three at Anfield on the opening day and Liverpool only survived by scoring four. They weren’t going to get eight here, though.

So the really worrying thing was that Villa kept creating their chances the same way. They looked over the top, attacked the space behind the full-backs and stretched Liverpool’s high line across the pitch.

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Alisson’s ability to sweep may have helped to an extent but he would only have limited some chances. Villa still would have had plenty.

So bringing in a better backup keep won’t solve this for when Alisson is out. Liverpool will face it even when he’s in the side.

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