Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp urged to have crucial Adrian talks after Aston Villa thrashing

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been urged to speak to Adrian and encourage him to change the way he clears the ball out from the back after the Reds’ humiliating 7-2 defeat against Aston Villa on Sunday.

Liverpool suffered their worst defeat of Klopp’s reign on Sunday as they were battered at Villa Park.

Adrian was handed his first league start of the season against Villa due to an injury suffered by Alisson Becker.

The 31-year-old has been Liverpool’s backup since he joined the club last summer, and was praised by Klopp for his performance in last year’s European Super Cup.

But on Sunday, he had his worst performance in a Liverpool shirt, as he conceded four goals in the first half of the game.

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Adrian was arguably at fault for the first goal of the game, after he misplaced a pass to Joe Gomez, allowing Jack Grealish to lay the ball on a plate for Ollie Watkins.

Liverpool’s defence was then criticised for failing to play the ball out from the back, with a catalogue of errors contributing to the Villa rout.

Adrian was again criticised for the final goal, as Grealish raced through one-on-one only to chip the ball into the bottom corner after the forward noticed the goalkeeper stood out of position.

And former Premier League player Alan Hutton believes Klopp needs to take Adrian to one side and urge him to just clear the ball out when he has to.

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He explained that due to his position as a number one, Adrian will be unable to maintain top form and a proper relationship with the back four.

And Hutton believes that for that reason, when he is given a start he needs to do the simple things and not try to overcomplicate anything.

He told Football Insider: “He’s a number two for a reason, it is what it is.

“Especially coming in from the cold, not playing week in, week out, it’s difficult to try and even match that standard.

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“He’s put a lot of trust in him to try play with his feet and continue the style they play.

“Maybe the words to him should have been if it comes back to you, clear your lines and we’ll deal with it from there and try play your natural game, don’t try and be something you’re not. Obviously, the mistake led to the goal and he went downhill rapidly from there.

“Moving forward, it might be a case of saying: ‘Look, don’t try overcomplicate things, make saves and if the ball comes back, don’t try be too clever with it.’

“Just lift his spirit, play to your strengths, don’t try to be something you’re not.”

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