West Ham United’s hopes of facing old fan favourite Adrian at Liverpool on Saturday have been dashed.
Adrian has suffered criticism after some error-strewn displays during Liverpool’s difficult start to the season.
The Spaniard proved to be something of a liability on occasion at West Ham too.
And he will struggle to shake off the stigma of being the man between the sticks for Liverpool’s 7-2 humbling to Aston Villa earlier this month.
West Ham fans were hoping to face Adrian
West Ham fans were desperately hoping to face Adrian at Anfield at the weekend. Particularly after the monolithic Virgil van Dijk was ruled out through injury.
Indeed it was going to take a somewhat miraculous recovery from Liverpool’s injured number one Alisson to prevent West Ham’s wish coming true.
So West Ham fans won’t be surprised to hear that is exactly what has happened.
Alisson makes remarkable recovery and should continue for West Ham game
Alisson started in the 2-1 win over Sheffield United. But he was expected to be out for at least another three weeks.
West Ham are in great form of late and are looking to build on an excellent return from their horrific run of fixtures when they face Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Hammers fans – and no doubt David Moyes too – felt their chances would be improved with Adrian in goal for the Reds.
But it seems Alisson will put paid to that after coming through his first game back unscathed.
Moyes has injury worries of his own
On the flip side, West Ham have their own injury concerns.
Key man Michail Antonio faces a scan on his hamstring today to check discomfort he has felt in his last two games.
The striker is the man who makes West Ham tick.
Without him, Moyes’s side just are not the same force.