Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian has revealed he is hopeful of featuring in his side's clash with Southampton on Saturday, despite picking up a freak ankle injury against Chelsea.
After saving the crucial penalty in the Super Cup final against the Blues, Adrian began celebrating with his teammates. A supporter rushed onto the pitch to join in with the festivities, but ended up slipping over and colliding with Adrian - leaving Jurgen Klopp fearing he could join Alisson on the treatment table.
However, speaking to Liverpool's official website, Adrian insisted that he is recovering well from the incident and is hopeful of retaining his place in the team on Saturday.
He said: "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 him tackle me from the side. It was a bit of a strange situation but I feel much better today and I hope I'm ready for [Saturday].
"I think I have many chances [to play against Southampton]. I feel mentally ready and I also hope today with the treatment of the ankle it's going to be much better. But I'm very optimistic to start playing tomorrow again."
Klopp will certainly be sweating over Adrian's fitness, given the injury crisis which he is currently dealing with.
Alisson is set for an extended period on the sidelines with a calf injury, whilst third-choice goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has only just returned from a wrist injury.
35-year-old Andy Lonergan has been drafted in as emergency cover for the Reds, and he could be in line for his first start for Liverpool if Adrian cannot recover in time.
Source : 90min