By Michael Brown

9th Dec, 2020 | 12:00pm

Pundit Exclusive: Liverpool outcast may be happy just collecting his £30K-a-wk wages

Michael Brown has suggested Adrian will be happy playing as back-up at Liverpool after being usurped by Caoimhin Kelleher.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Premier League midfielder believes the Reds will want to keep a high level of competition between the sticks for when number one Alisson is absent from the side.

As revealed by Football Insider, Adrian’s stock has plummeted at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp feels the 33-year-old cannot be trusted in possession or to make key saves and decisions under pressure.

He was replaced by 22-year-old Kelleher for the Champions League clash with Ajax and remained on the bench for the Premier League win over Wolves.

However, Brown believes Adrian is at a stage of his career where he will be happy to pick up his reported £30,000-a-week wages [Spotrac] and suggested Liverpool would be keen to keep him on board despite his inconsistent performances.

Asked what he thought of Kelleher’s rise at Anfield, Brown told Football Insider: “Fantastic for him. You’re looking about strength in depth and we’ve seen the goalkeeper situation, when Alisson hasn’t played, there have been certain moments and periods they’ve managed to come through.

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“The more strength and depth and confidence in that area, because Liverpool are going through a sort of slight wobble around results, performances, injuries so yeah, a positive outcome in the end.”

Asked if he thought Adrian’s future was in doubt as a result, Brown said: No, I think some goalkeepers are happy being that understudy, they’re happy being at the club.

“When you get to a level and you say, well, as a goalkeeper, I’m happy being here at the football club, I’m enjoying it.

“There’s been times where he’s made the odd mistake but he’s also done well at times so Liverpool will want strength in depth in that area.”

In other Liverpool news, Klopp backed to sell player fans “absolutely love” at Anfield in January.