Exclusive: Robinson frets over 'Confidence' blow to Liverpool player ahead of Everton clash
Paul Robinson claimed that Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian would have suffered a blow to his confidence ahead of the clash with Everton.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England No.1 stated that Adrian’s cameo against Brighton would have knocked his confidence with him conceding shortly after coming on.
The Spanish goalkeeper is very likely to play against the Toffees with first-choice keeper Alisson suspended following his red card in the 2-1 win over Brighton.
Robinson suggested that Adrian was half-to-blame for being caught out by the Seagulls taking a quick free-kick on Saturday before fretting over how nervous he generally looked in between the sticks.
When asked about Adrian’s display against Brighton and him potentially facing Everton on Wednesday, Robinson told Football Insider: “The early free-kick really knocked him.
“He looked really edgy, really shaky, especially as it was just a one-goal lead.
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“I think Adrian coming on, it was the quick free-kick that really knocked him as the first thing you don’t want to do when coming on is pick the ball out of the net, and you be half-to-blame as you were stood at one side of your goal trying to organise your wall.
“Some will say the free-kick shouldn’t have been taken, but there was enough time given and the referee blew his whistle clearly, and there was time enough for him to get across his goal.
“It’s hard enough coming on and conceding a goal which he should have been more alert to stop, it would have knocked his confidence.
“And I think he looked shaky in the game, he dropped a couple of balls and he didn’t look comfortable.”
Adrian has already filled in for Alisson this season with the 32-year-old making eight league appearances for the club while the Brazilian was out injured.
The Spaniard arrived at Anfield on a free transfer in the summer after his West Ham contract expired.
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