Why Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp dropped under-fire Adrian for Ajax clash

The reason for Jurgen Klopp’s decision to snub Adrian in favour of Caoimhin Kelleher for Tuesday’s win over Ajax has reportedly been revealed.

With first choice goalkeeper Allison ruled out due to a hamstring injury, Klopp looked to the younger option in Kelleher over the experience of Adrian.

The Spaniard has been number two at Anfield ever since he joined the club 18 months ago, and played a big part when Alisson got injured at the start of last season.

However, he appears to have been superseded by academy graduate Kelleher, who is also expected to don the gloves against Wolves this weekend.

And Football Insider claim that Klopp has changed his pecking order for two reasons.

Firstly, he does not trust Adrian’s distribution under pressure, while he also has doubts about his ability to make key saves at vital times.

The former West Ham man has made five errors leading to goals in just 23 matches, and endured a horror showing when Liverpool were knocked out of the Champions League by Atlético Madrid last season.

Klopp explained the decision to start Kelleher, who impressed on debut, against Ajax, insisting that it was the right time for the Irishman to step up.

"It is a situation, which I have to say, it was easy to decide for Caoimhin because he just deserves it,” said Klopp. “But it was difficult to decide against Adrian because he did really well for us: a lot of clean sheets, what a season last year, Super Cup final and all these kind of things.

"He did a really good job, but we needed the package of Caoimhin – and he is a top talent anyway, but a really good shot-stopper and a top footballer, so I like that.

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"We needed that for the pressing of Ajax, we needed his chips from him into the half-spaces and these kinds of things.

“That was really good, but of course in the end it is all about saving, keeping the ball out of the net, and he did that at least twice in an exceptional manner.

“I am pretty sure he will either sleep really well or not at all, but he will enjoy both."

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