The former Reds shot-stopper doesn’t anticipate a costly mistake against Atletico Madrid to see the Spaniard edged through the leaves this summer.
Adrian still has a future at Liverpool despite his expensive mistake against Atletico Madrid, says Chris Kirkland, with the former Reds goalkeeper saying he would be”amazed” to find the Spaniard moved on.
A seasoned shot-stopper finds himself back under the microscope after a testing Champions League outing on Wednesday.
Everything appeared to be going to plan for Liverpool when Roberto Firmino put them 2-0 facing Atletico in Anfield.
Adrian did, however, contribute to the Liga outfit taking charge once more because his poor clearance in extra-time allowed Marcos Llorente to be teed up for a priceless away goal.
From that point, Diego Simeone’s side went on to catch two more and run out 3-2 victors at night — letting them make their way into the quarter-final point at the cost of the present holders.
Adrian has faced plenty of criticism for the role he played in Liverpool’s passing, but the 33-year-old isn’t expected to find a contract through to 2021 cut short as he’s plotted through the leaves.
Ex-Reds custodian Kirkland told Love Sport Radio: “There is no hiding the fact he has made errors.
“Alisson’s the undisputed No.1 and I believe that puts additional pressure on him because of how well Alisson’s done; people are awaiting the possibility that, if the No.2 keeper comes in, does not do as well, he is under extra pressure, you have got to have a chance.
“And he made a mistake in Chelsea another night and [against Atletico], but he understands he’s big enough, he has a massive enough character.
“He has been superb since he has been in the club under tough circumstances when he came as well with Alisson becoming injured and won the Super Cup with the group and helped them to do that.
“So listen, he will recover and he has to do fast because it seems like he will be playing Everton on Monday night.
“I am not sure what the contract situation is with Adrian, but I will be amazed if he is not in the club next year due to what he’s done and done rather than on the pitch, but off the pitch.
“He is in the dressing room, he is very lively. The lads have taken to him exceptionally well. So once you make mistakes in high profile games, these are the questions which are always likely to be requested.”
Liverpool have little option but to keep faith with Adrian at current, heading towards a derby date at Goodison Park on Monday, with Brazil global Alisson currently sidelined with a hip injury.