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ADRIAN HOPEFUL OF FIRST PREMIER LEAGUE START DESPITE INJURY SCARE

Liverpool goalkeeper Miguel Adrian remains hopeful of being fit to make his first premier league start for European champions when the reds travel to Southampton on Saturday.

The back-up goalkeeper suffered a freak injury following the Reds’ UEFA Super Cup victory over Chelsea on Wednesday.

A fan who ran on the pitch after the goalkeeper saved Tammy Abraham’s penalty damaged his ankle.

Adrian was only in the starting line-up because of a calf injury suffered by no. 1 Alisson Becker in their 4-1 win over Norwich on the opening day of the Premier League season.

The Liverpool goalkeeping department is already stretched thin with 35-year-old veteran Andy Lonergan, who has never played in the Premier League, likely to play at the Saints if needed.

Manager Jurgen Klopp had cast doubt on his no.2 playing on Saturday, but the 32-year-old told the club’s website: “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.”

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