Liverpool May Turn to Lonergan for Southampton Game

Martin Green

Friday, August 16, 2019 12:31 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 12:31 PM UTC

Jurgen Klopp is not amused!
<div><div><div><div id=":om"><div id=":ol"><div dir="ltr"><p>Third-choice goalkeeper Andy Lonergan might have to step into the fray when Liverpool play Southampton on Saturday after Adrian suffered a freak injury. The Reds signed Adrian after allowing Simon Mignolet to return to Belgium this summer and he was thrown straight into the deep end when number one keeper Alisson pulled a muscle. He performed heroics in Liverpool’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Chelsea, saving Tammy Abraham’s penalty to hand his side a victory in the shootout. An excited Reds fan then charged onto the pitch, tried to hug Adrian, slipped and ended up booting him in the ankle.</p><p>The goalkeeper now has a swollen ankle and he may be forced to sit out tomorrow’s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Premier League clash with the Saints</a>. Loris Karius cannot be called back from loan, meaning Jurgen Klopp might have to turn to 35-year-old Lonergan. He has made just 14 appearances over the past two seasons, most recently in a loan spell at Rochdale. Parent club Middlesbrough released him this summer and he moved to Anfield, although he probably doubted he would actually play. Yet Adrian’s freak injury could result in him starting.</p><p>“A supporter jumped over something, slipped and kicked his ankle,” said Klopp. “It is swollen but we have to see. We love our fans, no doubt, but if they could stop doing that. We played against City and someone ran on the pitch then. At Norwich [where Liverpool won 4-1 in their Premier League opener and Alisson suffered an injury], there was someone as well. It's not funny. Like the girl [who streaked] in the Champions League final, she made money. What can we do?”</p><p><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></p><p>Liverpool will be fatigued from the trip to Istanbul to face Chelsea, particularly as the game went to extra-time. Southampton have had all week to rest and they have home advantage, so they might fancy their chances of gaining a rare result against the Reds. If Lonergan is between the sticks, some punters might be interested in both teams to score at 17/20 (1.85) with <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a>.</p></div></div></div></div></div></div>
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