Date Posted: Saturday 30th November 2019 6:58
Jurgen Klopp thinks Adrian should have been the starting man in Liverpool 2-1 win over Brighton despite Virgil van Dijk's two goals.
The Reds were looking for victory at Anfield after two first-half goals at Van Dijk, but goalkeeper Alisson Becker's expulsion and a free kick from Lewis Dunk resulted in a tense end.
In the end Liverpool stayed with 10 men and goalkeeper Adrian on the field on a freezing Merseyside afternoon.
On Alisson's expulsion, Klopp told the BBC Sport: "I think it was handball, but I didn't see him. There was no impediment and it's a complicated situation.
"He wanted 100% upside but the other player got there early so we can't change that. Virgil [van Dijk] was probably the man of the match with both goals but Adrian is for me – getting into a game like this and make two defenses.
“Even kicks are hard on cold feet! We were not prepared for this situation, so I am completely happy. "
In Brighton's goal, Klopp added: "I think in a situation like this, when you have sense for humans, you don't do that.
“It was very smart in Brighton, but the goalkeeper has just come in and is trying to get things right. They are trying to get used to it and the referee leaves it that way. We can't change that, but it's not 100% right for me.
With Liverpool's 11-point lead, Klopp continued: "That's the way it is. But if Leicester wins tomorrow, we have eight points. We don't think about those things. It was just to win this game. We have one more day between now and the next game, so we need to use it and then try again. ”