Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp criticised for big decision ahead of Merseyside derby

Liverpool have been criticised for not signing a goalkeeper with Alisson out injured and in the aftermath of Jack Butland making a switch to Crystal Palace. Adrian had a nightmare performance in the 7-2 loss to Aston Villa before the international break leading to calls for a signing to be made.

Klopp has stuck with his current options though despite Alisson being on the sidelines.

That means Adrian will start against Everton this lunchtime in the Merseyside derby with youngster Caoimhin Kelleher next in line.

Liverpool were linked with Paulo Gazzaniga on the first deadline day as well as Butland all of this week.

But Klopp clearly feels Adrian is good enough to start but fans are not convinced at all by the former West Ham man.

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One tweeted: “That was really a wasted oportunity, definetly better than Adrian.”

Another added: “Crystal Palace’s second choice keeper has picked up an injury (couple of weeks out) so palace are moving to bring in Butland.

“Liverpool’s first choice keeper is out for 6 weeks and we do nothing? Shambles.”

A third explained: “Liverpool should be looking at bringing Butland in as 2nd choice GK. Prem experience, still young and wasn’t long ago an international GK.”

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One more said: “Jack Butland at 27 and for £500k transfer fee is a huge improvement on Adrian as number two keeper, can’t help you if you can’t see that.”

Butland joined Crystal Palace yesterday to provide competition for Vicente Guaita at Selhurst Park.

Roy Hodgson was delighted to sign the man he often included in his England international sides.

Hodgson said: “I’m very happy that the club has managed to acquire the signature of Jack to join us and compete for a place amongst our goalkeepers at the club.

“Jack is a player that I worked with for four years at England.

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“His last game for me as England manager was a very unfortunate one where he broke his ankle and that cost him his place in the 2016 Euros. But I’ve always believed in Jack’s potential.

“I am aware that his last spell at Stoke hasn’t been the happiest one for him but I sincerely believe that with his qualities, coming to a new club will enable him to resurrect his career and show once again what a good goalkeeper he is.”

Liverpool take on Everton at 12.30pm with team news expected an hour before.

The Toffees will hope to beat their rivals and make it five wins from five in the Premier League so far this season.

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