Belfast Telegraph

Klopp furious after Adrian injured by fan



By David Charlesworth

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has criticised the behaviour of a pitch invader after an accidental collision with Adrian left the goalkeeper with an ankle injury and a doubt for today's trip to Southampton.

Adrian marked his first start for the Reds with the decisive save from Chelsea's Tammy Abraham in the Uefa Super Cup final penalty shoot-out in Istanbul on Wednesday, but as he celebrated with his team-mates, a supporter slid into the Spaniard.

The 32-year-old summer signing is deputising for Alisson, sidelined for a number of weeks because of a calf complaint, meaning Klopp may be forced to deploy 35-year-old third-choice Andy Lonergan this afternoon.

When asked whether the former West Ham shot-stopper's shoot-out heroics in Istanbul would boost his confidence, Klopp responded: "It would help him a lot if it would be 100 per cent clear he can play.

"A supporter jumped over something, was chased by some security guys, slipped and kicked his ankle. It's crazy.

"There's no doubt about how much we love our fans, but they could all stop doing that. We played against City, somebody was running on the pitch? And Norwich there was someone as well. The girl in the Champions League final made money from it, I don't know what you can do against it.

"If the one person cannot hesitate or stop himself then the people around should do it."

Videos on social media show a fan slipping into a group of huddled-together Liverpool players after being grabbed by a steward.

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph