Since then, Adrian has filled in as Klopp’s starting goalkeeper, and in six outings has kept just one clean sheet so far, with his error in the 2-1 win at Southampton denying him a first shutout early on.
Liverpool have largely continued to win, with Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat to Napoli their first of the campaign on a night that saw the No. 13 produce some excellent saves.
“That’s normal. The Southampton was exceptional, of course,” he told reporters.
“Human beings make mistakes, wrong decisions, that’s what happens constantly; on the football pitch it’s then quite obvious.
“I don’t know how long he was in when we played Southampton, maybe two or three weeks max, not longer.
“Now we have had a couple of sessions, or rather a lot of sessions, where we could work on that.
“And of course, they know each other much better. Hopefully it stays like this, because now they start having a real connection.
“But that couldn’t have been the case in the first few games, there was no chance for that, we just had to take what we got, use Adrian without any match practice, or no match experience for I don’t know how long.
“He did really well, he did outstandingly well, and yes now they have the connection we need, and that’s good of course.”
He is widely regarded as a positive influence in the dressing room, and already a popular character within the squad, which has no doubt aided this “connection.”
On face value, he was a cost-effective replacement for Simon Mignolet, but he has shown he is better suited to the Reds’ style of play—particularly, as per the line of questioning, with the ball at his feet.
But Klopp clearly has faith in his stand-in stopper and, increasingly, so do his team-mates too.