Liverpool will make a late call on Adrian's availability for Saturday's Premier League clash with Southampton but Naby Keita has been ruled out.
Jürgen Klopp revealed news of an injury to Adrian during his pre-match press conference on Friday.
The Spaniard sustained the freak issue amid the celebrations following the Reds’ UEFA Super Cup triumph in Istanbul in midweek, which were prompted by the goalkeeper’s decisive save in the penalty shootout against Chelsea.
Klopp explained a decision will be taken on the morning of the game whether Adrian can face Saints, though the No.13 himself is hopeful about recovering in time to play.
“Today I feel much better,” he told Liverpoolfc.com on Friday afternoon.
“I think I have many chances. I feel mentally ready and I also hope today with the treatment of the ankle it’s going to be much better. But I’m very optimistic.”
Keita, however, is still sidelined due to the muscle strain in the hip area he picked up in training on the eve of the Super Cup final.
“We don’t know exactly how long it will take. But he’s not available,” said Klopp.
Alisson Becker (calf) and Nathaniel Clyne (ACL) remain out of action for the Reds.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl reported no injury concerns for his team, whose season began with a 3-0 defeat at Burnley last weekend.
The south coast side have also welcomed centre-back Kevin Danso into the squad after he sealed a loan move from Augsburg earlier this month.
Danny Ings could feature against the Reds for the first time since joining Southampton, his switch having become permanent during the summer.
“We tried to push the [Burnley] game away at the beginning of the week, cancelled the day off, tried to analyse and work in our minds that from Tuesday on we can focus on the new game,” said Hasenhuttl at his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
“The challenge is big enough so it’s useful to take all the energy we have and focus on this game.
“So far we have not [got any injury problems]. We have worked very hard in the last two days. Today we had a lighter session, they were a little bit tired today because we have worked hard but no injuries so far.”
Last time out
Burnley 3-0 Southampton (August 10): Gunn, Stephens, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Bertrand, Romeu, Valery, Ward-Prowse, Ings, Adams, Redmond.
Liverpool 2-2 (5-4 pens) Chelsea (August 14): Adrian, Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Mane.
From free agent to a potential competitive Liverpool debut, Andy Lonergan could be set for a fairy-tale appearance at St Mary’s – but who exactly is the Reds’ latest ‘keeper on standby?
While the summer of 2018 saw Liverpool capture the signature of one of the world’s leading ‘keepers in Alisson, 2019 has been a different story altogether after a plethora of injuries could hand yet another ‘keeper a remarkable first-team appearance.
Adrian was the hero in his first start for Liverpool after stepping in for Alisson to help clinch the Super Cup in mid-week, before a bizarre ankle injury sustained by a pitch invader made it so Jurgen Klopp would have to consider his third choice stopper against Southampton.
There remains hope that Liverpool’s No.13 will recover in time, but Andy Lonergan could be handed a remarkable starting berth just days after signing on the dotted line on an emergency short-term deal.
Lonergan was present throughout the pre-season tour of the United States, but he remains somewhat of an unknown entity – so here’s a lowdown on everything Andy Lonergan.A Journeyman
Lonergan has been in the system for over 19-years and has found himself on the books at 13 clubs, amassing over 360 appearances in that time.
His career took flight with his boyhood club, Preston North End, where he worked his way through the youth ranks before being handed a professional contract ahead of the 2000/01 season.
A familiar foe in David Moyes was the man to hand Lonergan his debut in a League Cup meeting with Coventry City as a 16-year-old – and he would go on to be crowned the club’s Young Player of the Year in his debut season.
A combination of loan spells, which included Darlington, Blackpool, Wycombe and Swindon Town, and a myriad of injuries in his early years at Preston would ensure his time as the number one goalkeeper was limited at Deepdale.
But his last four seasons at the club, however, would see Lonergan become more of a permanent fixture between the sticks until his departure in 2011 after 228 appearances, 55 clean sheets and one miraculous goal scored from his own penalty area.
His exit from his boyhood club following their relegation to League One at the end of the 2010/11 season, however, would signal the start of his life as a journeyman goalkeeper.
Lonergan made a move, both permanent or on loan, seven times in eight years between 2011 and 2019 – excluding his recent signing at Liverpool.
The 35-year-old would spend two spells at Leeds United in 2011/12 and in 2017/18 while also signing for Fulham, Wolves, Bolton, Middlesbrough – where he failed to make a single appearance – and Rochdale.
The latter of which is where his last competitive appearance took place back in March during a short loan stint away from parent club Middlesbrough – who released him after at the conclusion of his one-year deal earlier in the summer.Life Outside the Premier League
For all of Lonergan’s experience and transfers, however, he has never played a minute in the Premier League as the majority of his playing career has taken place at Championship level.
The Englishman, who is eligible to play for both England and the Republic of Ireland, has made a total of 345 Championship appearances, seven League One appearances as well as a further three in League Two – where he kept a combined 83 clean sheets.
It would be a remarkable feat for Lonergan who merely four months ago was lining up for Rochdale in the 3-1 win against Scunthorpe in League One in front of just 3,361 people.Recent History with Liverpool
While Lonergan was a member of Liverpool’s travelling party during the pre-season tour of the United States, featuring in the 2-1 defeat against Sevilla at Fenway Park, and only recently signed a deal with the club – it is not the first time the two parties have crossed paths.
Lonergan played against Rafa Benitez’s Reds with Preston back in the 2008/09 season during the third round of the FA Cup at Deepdale.
The ‘keeper was unable to keep a clean sheet against Liverpool as both Albert Riera and Fernando Torres found the net – although Benitez’s side would only progress to the fourth round after failing to overcome Everton.
But it is at Bolton where Liverpool fans may have clearer memories of Lonergan as Brendan Rodgers’ outfit faced off against the Trotters in the 2014/15 FA Cup 4th round replay.
It would again see the Reds emerge as victors, as despite Bolton taking a second-half lead from the spot, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho would strike twice in the last four minutes to deny Lonergan a clean sheet and progress to the next round.
Another former Liverpool ‘keeper in Adam Bogdan took up the sticks for Bolton in the first meeting which ended in a stalemate, meaning Lonergan has never made an appearance at Anfield.
And while it wouldn’t be ideal, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility considering the injury curse which seems to have descended on Liverpool’s goalkeeping ranks throughout the summer so far.
Upon his signing, Klopp was quick to heap praise on the 35-year-old as he stated: “He’s a brilliant character, a really nice lad and helped us a lot in the pre-season and now we decided to work together with him.”
Although Klopp nor Lonergan would have foreseen a potential debut for the club at all at the start of the summer, let alone this early in the campaign, if called upon the Liverpool faithful will hope he will fare better standing with the Reds rather than against them.
With a Super Cup winners’ medal to his name without making an appearance, his first career honour, Lonergan will doubt feel ten feet tall and whether he finds himself in between the sticks at St Mary’s or not, he will only be better for the experience.
Curtis Jones is determined to repay the faith shown in him after signing a new long-term Liverpool contract at Melwood on Friday.
The 18-year-old attacker, a graduate of the Reds’ Academy who made his senior debut in January, put pen to paper to commit his future to the club he has supported since childhood.
Afterwards, Jones sat down with Liverpoolfc.com for an extended interview in which he explained the emotions of agreeing a fresh deal and reflected on his development in recent years.
He also looked ahead to the future and outlined why Trent Alexander-Arnold is the perfect example to follow with regard to breaking into the first team.
Watch the interview on LFCTV GO or read on for a full transcript…
Congratulations on signing your new contract – tell us how special this feels for you…
For me, it’s massive. Being a local lad, my dream is to play for this amazing club. To see that the manager and staff have got the belief in me and have offered me a new contract, I’m absolutely buzzing.
Can we assume it was an easy, quick decision for you to make?
Yes, of course. At the point I’m at now in my career I think it’s very important to take decisions slowly. But this one was easy and straightforward. I’m happy to put pen to paper and I’m ready to kick on from here.
It’s special for any player to sign for the club or a new contract but is it slightly more for a Scouser?
Yes, 100 per cent. As I said, being a local lad it’s a dream just to play for the club. To have been offered another long-term contract, I’m absolutely buzzing and I can’t wait to get started.
It must feel so nice and special for your family as well. What’s it like when you see their pride in you signing a new deal for Liverpool?
As soon as I told them they were all buzzing. They all tell me to stay hungry and that the hard work continues. I can’t wait to get started. I told my mum first, 100 per cent.
You mentioned it’s a show of faith in you and it’s only 18 months since you signed your first professional deal…
I still had time left on my contract but the manager has showed that he wants to get me signed and wants to commit to working with me, and wants me to carry on working with him. It’s only right I show him how much of a part he has played for me and I’ll be giving back to him as much as I can.
What kind of conversations have you had around it, because a few other young players have gone out on loan but you’re staying and signing this new deal?
I haven’t got to the point of talking about loans yet. For me, it’s just about coming in every day, working hard and trying to be the best player I can be. Any time I’m doing well, the manager will come over and tell me; any time I need a bit of work on something he’ll always be the first to tell me. The talks with him are always positive, always helping me and guiding me on the right path. He’s the perfect man for it. That’s why it was an easy decision for me to sign.
We can all see his personality but he is straight to the point when he wants to improve a player. Does that get the best out of you?
Of course. At the point I’m at, coming from the Academy and going into men’s football, you need as much help as you can and as much honesty. The manager is exactly what I need. Every day I work with him is absolutely perfect for me and I’m only getting better.
You’ve been around the first team for a couple of seasons now. What is the biggest thing you’ve learned so far?
I’d say character; not coming up here to count as a number, to actually try to be a player and be counted on. The manager wants to play the youth and coming up here, it’s a massive boost that it’s the way he is with the kids. You definitely count yourself as one of the first-team players and it makes you work harder to try to push to get into the first team and be a regular starter.
There’s so much quality around you to learn from, so how do you go about studying them?
There’s a lot of quality – and there are different things I need. In terms of numbers, you look at goals and assists from the likes of Sadio, Bobby and Mo. In terms of doing the other side of the game – tackling, heading and winning the ball back – I look at the likes of Millie, Hendo and Fabinho. It’s just the perfect surrounding to be in, the environment is perfect. Everything I’ve learned has made me a better player.
Is their relentlessness inspiring as well? People like Jordan and James are never going to allow standards to drop…
Definitely. Being around them every day, they are exactly the same as the manager – when a youngster is doing well, they’ll be the first to come over and let you know. But as soon as you take your foot off the gas, they’re also the first to tell you because they just want the best for you. They see the talent and they have been there before.
The club is collecting trophies again, it was the second of the year on Wednesday. What was it like watching on and having the hunger for it to be you one day?
It was unbelievable. Being a local lad and supporting the team as a child, it’s amazing to see the club doing so well. But to actually be part of the team and know it could be you in a couple of years’ time is crazy.
You’re a versatile player – is that something you think benefits you at the moment or would you be looking to focus on one position?
For me, it’s perfect that I can play in a lot of positions. It gives me a better chance to get into the team and be a back-up for players in different positions. I’m happy that I can play in more than one and I’ll always stay that same type of player.
You got that cherished debut last season. How do you see your potential for more first-team minutes this term?
I would say that was my first proper season around the first team. Now, coming into my second, I’ve had a taste of what it’s like in the big world and against Premier League teams. It’s my dream to play for Liverpool in the Premier League. Now I’m hungrier than ever and I’m about to kick on and do the best I can to try to be a bigger part of the squad.
There’s a lot of talk about youngsters getting chances and wanting to be at Liverpool but it is real, isn’t it? You can see that with others progressing to the first team?
Of course. I just look at Trent as the perfect example; he’s a local lad who came through the Academy and the boss had all hope in him to put him on against a massive rival team in United [for his Premier League debut]. He played his role, he did it well and he has stayed there and kicked on to be one of the main players they look to if they need a bit of quality or magic. The boss definitely believes in the youngsters.
The Academy underpins everything in terms of pushing young players into the first team. How important has everyone in Kirkby been to getting you where you are now?
The coaches around me when I’m at the Academy are great. I get my game time there at times. If I have to train there, I make sure I go there to be the best player [I can be]. The coaches do everything they can to give me the same type of training as at Melwood. They’re great for players because they get them ready for coming up here.
What are your aims for this season, then?
I haven’t really pinpointed one but it’s definitely to become a bigger part of this great team. Hopefully I can get a [Premier League] debut and get a goal and give the fans what they deserve.
Long-term, what do you dream of achieving with Liverpool?
Being the captain of Liverpool Football Club, playing every week and winning a trophy is definitely what I’m looking to do. But I haven’t looked that far yet, I’m taking it step by step. My next step should be a big one and I can’t wait to see what it is.
Curtis Jones penned a new long-term Liverpool deal at Melwood on Friday and our photographer was there to capture the special moment for the 18-year-old.
Having risen through the ranks of the Academy to first-team contention, Jones committed his future to the Reds and sat down with Liverpoolfc.com to discuss his delight.
Take a look at the young forward signing his contract, posing for photographs and conducting his interview in the image gallery below...
Photos by Andrew Powell
Curtis Jones has today signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool.
The 18-year-old, who originally joined the Reds at U9 level and has gone on to progress through the ranks of the club’s Academy to the senior set-up, committed his future by penning the deal at Melwood on Friday afternoon.
Jones told Liverpoolfc.com: “For me, it’s massive. Being a local lad, my dream is to play for this amazing club. To see that the manager and staff have got the belief in me and have offered me a new contract, I’m absolutely buzzing.
“At the point I’m at now in my career I think it’s very important to take decisions slowly. But this one was easy and straightforward. I’m happy to put pen to paper and I’m ready to kick on from here.
“As I said, being a local lad it’s a dream just to play for the club. To have been offered another long-term contract, I’m absolutely buzzing and I can’t wait to get started.”
A regular for Neil Critchley’s U23s, Jones has made one senior appearance for Liverpool to date, coming in the FA Cup third-round tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux in January.
In addition, he has been named on the first-team substitutes’ bench on three other occasions for the Reds.
The forward figured regularly in pre-season for Jürgen Klopp’s side and was part of the club’s three-game tour of the United States, as well as netting in the friendly fixture with Tranmere Rovers in early July.
“I haven’t really pinpointed one but it’s definitely to become a bigger part of this great team,” Jones said when asked about his aims for the coming season. “Hopefully I can get a [Premier League] debut and get a goal and give the fans what they deserve.
“Longer-term, my dreams are of being the captain of Liverpool Football Club, playing every week and winning a trophy is definitely what I’m looking to do.
“But I haven’t looked that far yet, I’m taking it step by step. My next step should be a big one and I can’t wait to see what it is.”
Divock Origi has brushed off last season's disappointment in the Premier League and insists Liverpool are ready to battle for top spot once again.
The Reds' total of 97 points in 2018-19 was still not enough to better Manchester City, who became the first side in a decade to retain the title.
The champions of Europe's quest to finish in first place this term started with a 4-1 opening-day victory over Norwich City and now sees them travel to Southampton on Saturday.
“It’s going to be a very tough year in the Premier League again, which makes it interesting," Origi told Premier League Productions.
"We like a challenge. Mentally, we’re a group of fighters, we go out there and play our game.
"We have a lot of respect for the other teams. It could be a tight race, it’s hard for me to tell.
"What I do know is that we’re very hungry and we’re going to challenge every team and try to win every game possible – and hopefully win something at the end of the year.”
Last season saw Origi forge a reputation as a man for the big occasions with decisive interventions in the league and Champions League.
Some of the important goals arrived after he had come on as a substitute, with the striker happy to play any part that serves the best interests of the team.
"First of all, I know the coach makes all the decisions and I can only do whatever I can do and perform at my best," Origi continued.
"That’s what I try to do in training: to be at my best, to try to do whatever I can. Whatever role I need to play, I know the team comes first and I know we have a very good manager who knows how to deal with us.
"So it’s my duty to be at my best to be able to perform.”
He added: “There are a couple of very special goals, which I’m grateful for. Scoring as a striker is special and scoring crucial goals makes it even more special. These are things you can’t really control. I’m grateful for these moments.
"I’m somebody who appreciates them and gives them a good place, remembers them – because I need to remember the patterns of play for the future – but I try to live in the now and go to the future. I use it and try to build on it.”
Take a behind-the-scenes look at Liverpool's triumphant UEFA Super Cup meeting with Chelsea in Istanbul.
The Reds won the fixture for the fourth time on Wednesday night as Adrian saved Tammy Abraham's decisive penalty in a shootout following an action-packed 2-2 draw.
Our cameras were in position at Besiktas Park to capture the best of the build-up, action and celebrations – and you can view it all in the video above.
The trip to St Mary’s comes just 64 hours after the Reds lifted another European trophy in Istanbul, meaning recovery and preparation time has been far from ideal.
This could result in Klopp making several changes to his starting team at St Mary’s, to keep things fresh after a draining 120-minutes in Turkey.
So who could come into the team and how could Liverpool’s starting XI look for the first away league fixture of the season?Injury Concerns
Liverpool’s injury luck goes from bad to worse, as Super Cup exploits have come at a cost with two more injuries picked up.
Alisson remains out for a number of weeks with the calf injury suffered in the win against Norwich.
Now joining the No.1 on the side-lines is Naby Keita, who is ruled out of Saturday’s match with a muscle injury sustained in final preparations.
In addition, and somewhat incredibly, Klopp revealed Adrian is a doubt due to an ankle injury sustained when a pitch invader collided with the Istanbul hero during post-shootout celebrations.The Squad & Fresh Legs
Klopp’s rotation will be made extra difficult and could yet see changes made in every area – including in goal.
The experienced Andy Lonergan would likely get the nod to deputise over young prospect Caoimhin Kelleher.
Options are just about available in the rest of the team to give the lineup some energy, if not totally fresh legs.
One man certain to return is Roberto Firmino, who will be back to spearhead the attack after transforming Liverpool’s performance in midweek.
Subtle switches seem more likely than wholesale changes, re-introducing players who featured as substitutes against Chelsea to retain rhythm and continuity in performance.
Alexander-Arnold – on for only extra time on Wednesday – should come in for Gomez who has played every minute of the first three games after a long-term absence.
Wijnaldum played an hour after coming on for Milner, meaning the Dutchman should be ready to start in place of the vice-captain.
And Firmino, who has looked incredibly sharp despite barely any rest this summer, showed he is more than ready to re-form the famous front three.
There is going to have to be greater rotation this season as the Reds carry an even smaller squad for a campaign with more games.
It’s not often that it comes just two league games into a new season, but it may have to after a long night in Istanbul and in order to keep performance level at the highest.
And we could see changes made in all areas.
If Adrian’s recovery doesn’t go to plan, Lonergan would start with his experience preferred to Kelleher’s youth.
The same back-four as above should line up to protect Gomez, but the midfield could boast a very different look.
Both Fabinho and Henderson played the full 120 minutes in Istanbul, so taking one out makes sense to retain energy in midfield.
Withdrawing Fabinho – who was visibly shattered at the final whistle – would allow Wijnaldum to step into the No.6 role, leaving Henderson in his pressing position.
To complete the central unit could be Lallana, who will be fresh and ready to make an impact which he showed he can do with a bright cameo outing in the Community Shield.
Mane played over 100 minutes on his first start of the season in Turkey, so managing the Senegalese would also be wise.
Origi can slot back in on the left, joining Firmino and Salah in what would be a much-changed Liverpool side boasting six changes.
Whether Klopp ultimately opts for a more regular-looking lineup or an experimental side at St Mary’s, three points is required to keep building a fast start.
Adrian has revealed he is hopeful of being fit to start Liverpool's match at Southampton on Saturday.
The goalkeeper suffered a freak ankle injury during the celebrations of the Reds' UEFA Super Cup victory over Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday.
Jürgen Klopp revealed news of the injury during his pre-match press conference on Friday morning, admitting a decision on Adrian's fitness would be taken tomorrow morning.
However, the Spaniard is optimistic about recovering from the issue in time for the meeting with Ralph Hasenhuttl's side.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com at Melwood on Friday, Adrian said: "Today I feel much better.
"It was a strange, weird situation because we were celebrating between us and one guy jumped from the crowd and started running.
"I think he slipped in front of us and also the security with him and made me a tackle from the side. It was a bit of a strange situation but I feel much better today and I hope [I'm] ready for tomorrow."
On his chances of featuring at St Mary's, he added: "Yeah, I think I have many chances.
"I feel mentally ready and I also hope today with the treatment of the ankle it's going to be much better.
"But I'm very optimistic to start playing tomorrow again."
Liverpool will be forced to make a late decision over Adrian‘s fitness for Saints clash, but the ‘keeper is “optimistic” of featuring on the south coast.
Liverpool’s No.13 was confirmed to have missed training on Friday after sustaining an ankle injury in the most unbelievable set of circumstances following the Reds’ Super Cup triumph.
The news was disclosed by Jurgen Klopp during his pre-match press conference as he revealed Adrian had immediate swelling around his ankle, and while the injury “looks better now – a decision will be made [tomorrrow].”
Adrian, himself, remained hopeful of when speaking to the club’s website as he admitted to “feeling much better” nearly two days on from the time of injury.
“I feel mentally ready and I also hope today with the treatment of the ankle it’s going to be much better.
“But I’m very optimistic to start playing tomorrow again.
“It was a strange, weird situation because we were celebrating between us and one guy jumped from the crowd and started running.
“I think he slipped in front of us and also the security with him and made me a tackle from the side. It was a bit of a strange situation but I feel much better today and I hope [I’m] ready for tomorrow.”
The way in which Adrian finds himself under doubt came as a major issue to Klopp, and rightly so, as it was yet another instance of a pitch invader during a European affair alongside another at Anfield against Norwich.
There were pitch invaders in Kiev, Madrid and a total of three in Istanbul on Wednesday and Liverpool have now demanded answers and assurances from UEFA that players will receive greater protection.
With the Reds’ goalkeeping ranks already depleted with the absence of Alisson, Liverpool would be right to er on the side of caution with Adrian as Andy Lonergan is the only other senior option available.
The remaining players will train in less than ideal conditions in driving rain at Melwood prior to departing for the south coast later on Friday, where all eyes will be on Adrian to see if his ankle reacts to travelling in the air.
Last Updated: 16/08/19 4:09pmAndy Lonergan joined Liverpool on a deal until the end of the season following Alisson's injury
Andy Lonergan, at the age of 35, could make his Premier League debut at Southampton on Saturday just a month after joining Liverpool as third-choice "goalkeeping cover".
It's a remarkable turn of events which has resulted in the former Preston North End and Leeds goalkeeper being potentially elevated to Jurgen Klopp's only available experienced stopper.
Number one Alisson is currently recovering on the sidelines after sustaining a calf injury in Liverpool's opening-day victory over newly-promoted Norwich last Friday.
While the Brazil international's new understudy Adrian - signed on a free transfer only last week - is a doubt for Saturday's match away at Southampton, although he has since said he is "optimistic" of being fit, after he was bizarrely injured by a fan during the celebrations in the immediate aftermath of the Super Cup penalty shootout win over Chelsea.Alisson leaves the pitch after picking up a calf injury in the opening day win over Norwich
It could see Lonergan thrusted into top-flight action for the first time at St Mary's, potentially becoming the oldest Englishman to make his Premier League debut in the 21st century.Lonergan's career so far
Lonergan has a long and varied career path, making his name as first choice under David Moyes at Preston before spells at Leeds, Bolton, Fulham and Wolves across the Championship and League One.
Last season, he found himself playing in League One with relegation-threatened Rochdale after joining as an emergency loan signing.Lonergan started his career at Preston North End under the management of David Moyes
His last competitive appearance came in March in a 3-1 victory over Scunthorpe at Spotland Stadium in front of 3,361 fans.
Rochdale survived the drop into League Two but Lonergan was left without a side after being released by parent club Middlesbrough, having not played a single minute of Championship action for them.
35y 302d - Should he debut for Liverpool tomorrow, Andy Lonergan will be the oldest Englishman to make his Premier League debut in the 21st century, aged 35 years and 302 days. Evergreen. pic.twitter.com/lZRTnaR2BT— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 16, 2019 How did the move to Liverpool happen?
Without a club ahead of the new season, Lonergan incredibly found himself training at Melwood with Liverpool as a back-up for their pre-season campaign due to a shortage of goalkeepers at the club.
Lonergan even featured in the 2-1 friendly defeat to Sevilla in July, playing 45 minutes at Boston's Fenway Park.Lonergan is in line to start against Southampton, with Adrian a doubt for the game
But any thoughts of Lonergan staying at Liverpool beyond pre-season were deemed slim.
The injury suffered by Alisson in the opening game of the season prompted Liverpool to act quickly though and Lonergan was deemed as the man to come in to provide extra cover alongside Adrian.Should Liverpool fans be concerned?
Lonergan brings with him a lot of experience despite having never played in the top flight.
Klopp described Lonergan as "ready to play" in his Friday media conference ahead of the trip to the south coast.
Academy graduate Caoimhin Kelleher is another option for Klopp, but he is only returning from a wrist injury and the Liverpool boss said the decision over who starts at St Mary's will be made on Saturday.
Klopp will have no other option than to play Lonergan if Adrian is ruled out and it will complete an unlikely journey up the Football League to the Premier League for him.Soccer Saturday Super 6 is Back
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Jurgen Klopp‘s men won another trophy in midweek – it’s becoming a nice little habit, isn’t it?
The match against Chelsea didn’t necessarily pan out as the manager will have hoped, however, with extra-time and penalties required to beat the Blues.
It left Liverpool with just two-and-a-half days to prepare for this weekend’s clash with Southampton, which is a far from ideal scenario.
The Reds will be looking for back-to-back wins to start their Premier League campaign, but potential fatigue could make this a sticky assignment.
Saints showed last season that St Mary’s can be an awkward place to go and if Klopp’s men aren’t fully engaged they could slip up.
On paper, Liverpool are still easily the superior team, so they should be good enough to return home with six points from two matches.
It might be a bit of a slog, though.Team News
Adrian is a major doubt with an ankle injury having ludicrously been hurt by a Liverpool fan during the post-match Super Cup celebrations.
It means Andy Longeran may have to deputise, in what is in danger of becoming a genuine goalkeeping crisis at Anfield.
Fabinho got through a huge amount of running in the Super Cup – he was suffering from cramp in both legs during extra-time – so it wouldn’t be a great surprise to see him rested at St Mary’s.
Southampton have no new injury problems and a week-long break means they are refreshed – and Ralph Hasenhuttl will no doubt demand a response from his players following last weekend’s surprise 3-0 defeat away to Burnley.Last 5 Away to Southampton (All Competitions)
Won 3-1 – April 2019 (Long; Keita, Salah, Henderson)
Won 2-0 – February 2018 (Firmino, Salah)
Lost 1-0 – January 2017 (Redmond)
Drew 0-0 – November 2016
Lost 3-2 – March 2016 (Mane x2, Pelle; Coutinho, Sturridge)
Away fans’ pubs: Yates. It’s about halfway between the station and the stadium.
One piece of advice for visiting fan: Get the train. The station is a 30-minute walk from the stadium and there are plenty of pubs on the way.Did You Know?
Despite Southampton feeling like something of a bogey side for Liverpool, the Reds are unbeaten in five meetings against them, winning the last four.
Klopp’s team did the double last season, cruising to a 3-0 win at Anfield in September before a dramatic 3-1 victory at St Mary’s kept their Premier League title dream alive.
In 2017/18, Liverpool again beat Saints twice: 3-0 at home and 2-0 away, including a stunning one-two between Firmino and Salah in the latter.
The last time the south coast club took points off the Reds was in May 2017, when Milner’s missed penalty proved costly in a 0-0 draw at Anfield.Klopp’s View
Speaking in his press conference on Friday, Klopp played down any concerns surrounding Liverpool’s defending so far this season:
“If you compare us to August last year, it’s not that big a difference.
“The thing is Chelsea had a lot of finishes that were offside but there were no whistles, so then you see that it was two or three yards offside and so that means it’s good defending.
“We know that we have to improve a couple of things, but those things will come together the longer we are together and get used to it again. We have to find our best path.
“Especially early in the season we have to find a way to win the games and that is all that we have to do.”TV & Liveblog Info
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Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Southampton vs Liverpool in the Premier League.Team news
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed he has no fresh injury concerns.
New signing Kevin Danso is available having joined up with the squad earlier this week, while winger Moussa Djenepo could be set for a debut having been an unused substitute in the 3-0 defeat at Burnley.
Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian is a doubt for Saturday's Premier League trip to Southampton after suffering a freak ankle injury during the Super Cup victory over Chelsea.0:55 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says goalkeeper Adrian is a doubt to face Southampton after being injured by a fan who invaded the pitch at the end of the UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says goalkeeper Adrian is a doubt to face Southampton after being injured by a fan who invaded the pitch at the end of the UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp revealed the Spaniard was hurt when a pitch invader landed on his ankle during the post-match celebrations in Istanbul. Should Liverpool be without Adrian, either Andy Lonergan and Caoimhin Kelleher will deputise for the Spaniard, with regular first-choice Alisson already out for a few weeks because of a calf complaint.
Naby Keita has also been ruled out of the trip to Southampton.1:54 Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says he doesn't expect Saturday's opponents Liverpool to be affected by playing extra time in the Super Cup Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says he doesn't expect Saturday's opponents Liverpool to be affected by playing extra time in the Super Cup How to watch
Follow the action with our dedicated live blog. Highlights of the game will be published at 5.15pm on the Sky Sports website and app plus the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel.2:57 Highlights from Liverpool's 4-1 win over Norwich in the Premier League. Highlights from Liverpool's 4-1 win over Norwich in the Premier League. Opta stats
I am not convinced by Liverpool this season. Are they going to be good enough for second? Yes they are. Liverpool cannot and will not be as good defensively - Alisson is out already, too. Southampton will be looking at different things and how to exploit this Liverpool team.
Virgil van Dijk still makes mistakes and is an elegant, beautiful footballer to watch, but he is expected to win headers and play how he does. I think Southampton, after the rotten result, will be at it here.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-2 (16/1 with Sky Bet)2:59 Highlights from Burnley's 3-0 win over Southampton in the Premier League. Highlights from Burnley's 3-0 win over Southampton in the Premier League. Fantasy Football tip
Southampton look to bounce back against a Liverpool side that may feel fatigued following the UEFA Super Cup. Divock Origi (£9.3m) registered 12 points last week and could be set to lead the line once more at St Mary's. Origi scored and made a goal against Norwich. Play here.Soccer Saturday Super 6 is Back
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