Jurgen Klopp exonerated Adrian for his blunder in the win over Southampton by blaming his side for playing too many back-passes to the injured goalkeeper.
Adrian made a series of errant passes, the final one at 2-0 up culminating in a goal for Danny Ings after the Spaniard played it directly into his path.
That had followed an earlier let-off when Adrian allowed himself to be closed down by James Ward-Prowse and only narrowly avoided conceding. But Klopp defended his goalkeeper, who is standing in for the injured Alisson Becker and was carrying an ankle problem from his match-winning performance in the Super Cup against Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday.
The Liverpool manager instead questioned why his side played so many back- passes after return balls from Virgil van Dijk preceded the chances for Ward-Prowse and Ings.
Klopp, who cited Alisson’s howler against Leicester last season, said: ‘Ali did the same. It’s a goalie thing to do but no problem if we win the games. Adrian had a swollen ankle. We played too many balls back to him in this period. I was happy with all of the stuff he did, all of the saves.