At some point during the wild Super Cup celebrations a Liverpool fan, who had run onto the pitch in Istanbul, made strong enough contact with Adrián’s ankle that some real damage was done. Jürgen Klopp is understandably irritated that this could have occurred. The manager elaborated on those feelings at his pre-Southampton press conference on Friday.
“There’s no doubt about how much we love our fans,” said Klopp, “but if they all could stop doing that, that’s now the worse example I’ve heard about.”
Klopp went on to cite other recent examples of fans running onto the pitch as steam began rising out of his ears.
“It’s not funny, what can I say,” Klopp said. The woman who halted the Champions League final, and earned money to do it, got a special angsty mention from the manager. It’s difficult to stop someone who wants to create a spectacle but Klopp is looking at the fanbase to help discourage others from entering the field of play.
“I like the fact that we don’t have fences in the stadium but that means there’s a lot of responsibility for the supporters as well.”
Adrián’s ankle injury could be enough of an issue to keep him from playing against Southampton on Saturday. It’s a worry. There’s was swelling and an assessment and now the medical team are in waiting mode to discover if it’s okay for the Spanish goalkeeper to continue playing.
“As you can imagine, you have that (the injury), you fly four hours back and it doesn’t help the swelling,” said Klopp.
“So, he couldn’t play directly after we landed in Liverpool but I saw him now and it looks okay. He looks better. But the decision will be made tomorrow. No chance to make it early.”
Klopp was obviously annoyed that this whole thing even happened. I don’t think he’s 100% sure that Adrián’s ankle is okay but I didn’t get the impression that Klopp was worried about it. Still, with Alisson out for weeks, I’m going to be worried. All eyes will now be on Andy Lonergan and 20-year-old Caoimhin Kelleher.
“Caoimhin Kelleher is now in training, so if we have to make a decision then we have to make a decision,” said Klopp.
Just a couple of weeks into this season and the emotional rollercoaster is daring me to keep down my lunch.