Before the international break we witnessed Liverpool succumb to one of their worst defeats of recent decades. The Reds were thoroughly battered at Villa Park and one man in particular bore the brunt of the criticism. In an exclusive interview with Rousing the Kop, Emile Heskey has said that Adrian can’t be blamed for the chances that Aston Villa created.
Nightmare at Villa Park
Liverpool fans aren’t accustomed to losing. Much less accustomed to losing heavily. That is just what happened before the international break when a Reds side headed to Villa Park with four first team players unavailable.
The absence of Alisson Becker was felt immediately when Adrian gifted the hosts the lead just moments into the game.
The goals just didn’t stop from there, it seemed as if there was a goal every five minutes at a point.
The visitors thoroughly capitulated and the Reds were humiliated.
Emile Heskey defends Adrian
In an exclusive interview with Rousing the Kop, we asked Reds icon Emile Heskey whether the Adrian error early on led to the defence’s confidence being shaken.
The ex-Anfield hit man was emphatic in his response, insisting that we can’t blame the keeper for sloppy defending:
“I don’t think Adrian could have anything to do with players getting in one on one.
“That has nothing to do with him, yes there was the mistake on the pass and the mistake with a couple of the saves – I can understand that, but players getting in that has nothing to do with him.
“Yes you do have the issue of building your confidence when you know the goalkeeper behind you isn’t as sound as your first choice. But then you stop it at source don’t you.”
What RTK has to say
Perhaps we have been too harsh on Adrian.
We ourselves have put forward the theory that from the minute the keeper made the first mistake the defence just didn’t look confident or settled.
However, as Emile Heskey pointed out we cannot blame Adrian for mistakes by defenders. People do have to take responsibility when things go as wrong as they did.
Fingers crossed the shot stopper puts this game out of his mind and comes back more confident in the Merseyside Derby.