Liverpool may live to regret not signing a new back-up goalkeeper this summer, believes Tony Cascarino, who claims Adrian is the WORST number two in the entire Premier League.
The Spaniard looks set to start for a third straight game in Saturday lunchtime’s Merseyside derby against Everton – LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on talkSPORT – with injured Alisson making good progress but reportedly still not fit enough to return.
And talkSPORT host Cascarino admits he’s ‘worried’ for the Reds with the Spaniard in between the sticks, especially with the Toffees – top of the league after a blistering start – hunting for their first win over their rivals in a DECADE.
Adrian has started two games for the champions this season, and they have both ended in defeat; on penalties against Arsenal in the EFL Cup and the humiliating 7-2 mauling at Aston Villa a fortnight ago.
Liverpool were linked with a late move for ex-England goalkeeper Jack Butland in the final week of the extended domestic window.
It was even claimed he could be signed in time to make his debut in the derby, but the 27-year-old ultimately joined Crystal Palace instead in a deal worth less than £1million.
Liverpool did sign teenage Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga, but Adrian remains No. 2 at Anfield.
And Cascarino believes the decision not to bring in a new back-up for Alisson – widely regarded as one of the world’s best – may come back to haunt Jurgen Klopp and his team.
“I think he’s the poorest second keeper in the Premier League,” said the Weekend Sports Breakfast host.
“I spoke openly at the start of the season about how I felt Liverpool needed a new goalkeeper, and that they need to go and get one if they haven’t got a young keeper to come through.
“Adrian started the rot at Villa Park.
“He tried to overplay in a terrible situation that cost them a goal, and it fell apart after that in front of him.
“He isn’t the scapegoat, there were lots of bad performances in that game, but he worries me.”