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Liverpool Facing Injury Crisis After Freak Accident

Liverpool's preparations for their Premier League match against Southampton were rocked after one of the club's key players was injured in a freak accident.

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On Wednesday night, the Reds secured the Uefa Super Cup title after beating domestic rivals Chelsea in a penalty shootout. New signing Adrian was the hero on the day, saving Tammy Abraham's spot-kick in the shootout, but could now miss his club's match on Saturday after being injured in the aftermath of his winning save.

The 32-year-old, who only featured in goal for Liverpool after Alisson sustained a calf injury in the Reds' EPL season opener last weekend, suffered swelling to his ankle when a fan slipped into him and other Reds stars on the pitch during the post-match celebrations. 

Club manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that his back-up goalkeeper sustained an injury, and that the Spaniard would undergo late tests to determine his fitness ahead of Saturday's fixture. 

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"A supporter jumped over something, slipped and kicked his (Adrian's) ankle. It is swollen but we have to see," Klopp said in a pre-match press conference, as reported by the BBC.

Footage of the inident was captured by a spectator, who subsequently shared the video on Twitter, and can be viewed below (from 0:28).

Liverpool's third-choice goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is also recovering from a hand injury, which means 35-year-old Andy Lonergan could feature in goal for the Reds against the Saints. 

The reigning European champions will also be without Guinea midfielder Naby Keita, who suffered a muscle strain in training earlier this week. 

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Liverpool have won their past 10 Premier League matches, stretching back to last season, and have not lost to Southampton since a League Cup defeat in January 2017.

Will Liverpool's chances of beating the Saints this weekend be affected by Adrian's potential absence? Let us have your thoughts by commenting below. 

 

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