Difficulties continue to besiege Liverpool when they do not have the service of Alisson Becker in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 with Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid early on 12/3 in Premier League.
Alisson Becker has a hip injury while warming up against Bournemouth.
Before the experts were able to analyze the silly mistake of goalkeeper Adrian in Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup, the Anfield home team had to receive the news when Alisson Becker suffered a hip injury while starting ahead of the confrontation with Bournemouth.
Alisson Becker was brought by Liverpool after Loris Karius threw away the club’s Champions League 2017/18 trophy. However, the fact that the Brazilian goalkeeper was sidelined in the second leg of the round of 16, Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid, came, here again, the nightmare of the goalkeeper once again flooded the minds of the fans “The Kop”.
It is undeniable that Adrian is a quality reserve goalkeeper with many years playing in the Premier League in West Ham shirt. The fact that he also proved it in the first 2 months of this season, when Alisson injury can not return. However, Adrian lacks the ability and class to become the first guard of the winning machine Liverpool.
Juergen Klopp’s army entered the match with Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round with a relaxed attitude when almost won the Premier League. However, considering the importance of this confrontation, the German tactician no longer uses the secondary squad and thanks to the youth team coach as the previous rounds. He let Adrian take the lead instead of young goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher.
However, the first goal of Liverpool seems to reduce the will to fight of “The Kop”. Starting from Fabinho’s loss, Willian takes a long shot into Adrian’s position. Instead of catching the ball, the Spanish goalkeeper pushed into the net, not too different from the situation Karius handled after Gareth Bale’s long-range shot.
At the next goal, still a shot from outside the area of Ross Barkley, Adrian did not guess the right direction of the ball and when he realized, it was too late. Liverpool failed and stopped in the FA Cup in the context of just a week later, they will meet Atletico Madrid again after losing 0-1 in the first leg.
The number of times a goal is scored (xG) is one of the indicators used to assess the ability of goalies. The actual number is less than expected, the better the goalkeeper. Before moving to Liverpool, Adrian played 7,867 minutes since 2015. During that time, he is expected to concede 119.5 goals. In fact, Adrian conceded 118 goals.
After signing for Liverpool
After signing for Liverpool, Adrian is expected to concede 20.2 goals in all competitions (because he is a substitute goalkeeper). So far, the Spanish goalkeeper has had 20 conceded. After 16 appearances this season, he only kept 3 clean sheets. That proves Adrian is just a goalkeeper in the middle.
However, Alisson possessed overwhelming statistics colleagues. The Brazilian goalkeeper has played a total of 21,672 minutes since 2016 and is expected to concede 202 goals during that time. In fact, he only had to pick up the ball 169 times.
The distance of 33 goals is large enough to show the talent of Alisson Becker. He is no longer a midfielder, playing for a club like AS Roma, but has become one of the world’s leading custodians and plays for Liverpool.
This season, Alisson Becker faced 56 shots on target in the Premier League and neutralized 45 of them. The Brazilian goalkeeper’s saving rate is 80.4%, the best in England at the moment. Meanwhile, Adrian faced 25 shots on target and saved 16 times successfully.
Losing Alisson Becker in the coming competition of Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid, will be a difficult problem for Klopp in the second leg against Atletico Madrid. However, if you look at the positive side, “The Kop” is an attacking team and tends to impose the game on the opponent from the beginning. On average, each match Liverpool only faces about 3 shots on target.
Coach Diego Simeone’s team is also taking advantage of and is famous for its defensive philosophy. Therefore, it is not excluded that Adrian is “free-handed” in this Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid match in the Premier League.
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