Pep Guardiola sees no reason why Raheem Sterling cannot break through the 30-goal barrier for Manchester City this season.

England winger Sterling has started the new campaign in sparkling form, opening the scoring against Liverpool in the Community Shield before netting a hat-trick in last weekend's 5-0 demolition of West Ham.

The 24-year-old hit 17 Premier League goals last season and 25 in all competitions as City won an unprecedented domestic treble.

Sterling's West Ham treble brought up 50 top-flight goals in City colours, 38 of which have come since the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

Guardiola has no desire to set targets for his forward line but has no doubt the ex-Liverpool man's numbers can improve further.

"Yeah, hopefully. It will be good for him and for the team," he said, ahead of Saturday's keenly anticipated home game against Tottenham.

"When he's in front of the goal, he puts it in the net. So, he can do it, yeah. He scored 25 [last season] and 25 to 30 is only five goals. He can do it.

"But I don't know. I never spoke with Sergio [Aguero] or Gabriel [Jesus] or Raz, with any of the people up front, about what are their dreams and targets and these kinds of things. I don't know, honestly. They are happy when they are scoring goals.

"I think goals are a consequence of the way we play - their mood, how the team's playing, no injuries. 

"I wouldn't judge him if he scored 30 goals, or 35 or 20. When he scores goals, I'm happy. But if he does what he has to do for him and the team, it's enough."

 

Guardiola has experienced a number of enjoyable tussles with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, dating back to the Argentinian claiming his first senior coaching win at Espanyol with a victory over mighty city rivals Barcelona in 2009.

When that rivalry transferred from Catalonia to the Premier League in 2016, new City boss Guardiola won his first six straight top-flight games before his side were ransacked in a 2-0 defeat to Spurs at White Hart Lane.

City have not lost a league game to Tottenham since, winning the past four, but were dumped out of the Champions League in April when Pochettino's men prevailed in a dramatic quarter-final.

"About Tottenham, I think my colleague can speak better about his team," Guardiola said. "I said from the first day when we played at White Hart Lane and lost 2-0, I never said a wrong word about the capacity, quality and possibilities of this team, the manager and the club.

"I said many times, it is not necessary to repeat again. They are a strong team, a good team."

It was not hard to detect a slightly terse tone to the praise of a man who took umbridge at Guardiola labelling Tottenham as "the Harry Kane" team in 2017.

Asked how good a job Pochettino had done in north London, Guardiola indicated his praise might fall on deaf ears.

"Overwhelming, extraordinary, I said many, many times," he added,

"I don’t know if Pochettino receives many compliments as other managers like me, I don’t think so.

"My opinion about him is high standards, even if he doesn’t believe me. He’s a top, top, top, top manager."

Brendan Rodgers says Frank Lampard is the "perfect" coach to take Chelsea forward.

Lampard has lost his opening two competitive matches in charge of the Blues, going down 4-0 at Manchester United in the Premier League before Tammy Abraham's shoot-out miss saw Liverpool edge the UEFA Super Cup.

Chelsea welcome Rodgers' Leicester City – who drew 0-0 with Wolves in their opening outing – to Stamford Bridge in Lampard's first home match on Sunday.

Despite a difficult start, Rodgers believes former Derby County boss Lampard is an ideal fit for Chelsea, where the former England midfielder spent 13 years as a player and became the club's record goalscorer.

"I think Frank has done very well since he has gone in," Rodgers, a former Chelsea youth coach, told a news conference.

"This is a team that finished third and won the Europa League. I think Frank is perfect for it. He and Jody [Morris], they understand the fabric of Chelsea, what it's about.

"You go with your gut feeling. He's been around a long time. He understands the club, the expectancy.

"He's a hero for the supporters. He'll want to win and succeed as a manager. He's got great staff around him who also understand Chelsea and then he'll have that support."

While first-team regulars Eden Hazard and David Luiz left Chelsea in the close season Lampard has been unable to bring in any new signings due to a transfer ban, though Rodgers has no doubt the 41-year-old will still succeed.

"I don't think it will have a bearing," Rodgers added. "They will have the squad to cope with that, when you're in European competitions you have to have the squad to compete in that. They'll be looking to put on a good performance in their first home game under Frank."

Lampard was equally as complementary about Rodgers, whose side have been tipped to challenge for a top-six finish this season despite selling England defender Harry Maguire to Manchester United for a reported £80million.

"[I've got a] really good relationship with Brendan," Lampard told reporters. "It was obvious when he was here he was going to go on to big things.

"He's forward thinking, very open with his players and he's proved that in his career. I look forward to seeing him."

Roy Hodgson says Wilfried Zaha could still leave Crystal Palace despite the Premier League's transfer window closing.

Before last week's deadline Palace rejected bids from Everton for Zaha, who was also said to be a target for Arsenal, with the winger handing in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move away from Selhurst Park.

Zaha scored 10 league goals for the Eagles last season after he signed a fresh five-year deal in August 2018.

Palace have reportedly set a value of £80million on the 26-year-old, and though a move to an English club failed to materialise in the most recent window, a transfer abroad could still go through.

The transfer window across the continent remains open until September 2 and, with clubs including Borussia Dortmund and Napoli having been previously credited with an interest in Zaha, Hodgson knows there could be another twist in the saga.

"You can never rule out the possibility that it might happen because the transfer window in Europe is still open until the end of the month," the former England manager told reporters ahead of Palace's trip to Sheffield United.

"It's not something I'm going to worry about because it's something that I cannot affect. There's not too much point worrying about it, if you ask me would I welcome it, the answer is no.

"I would rather that he gets his head down and commits himself to the season that we've got in front of us and commits himself to helping me, the coaching staff and the players into having another season that we can regard as a good one. That's what I would like."

Zaha, who returned late to pre-season training following Ivory Coast's Africa Cup of Nations campaign, was not deemed ready to start Palace's opening-day clash with suitors Everton, though he came on as a second-half substitute in the goalless draw.

Liverpool teenager Curtis Jones has set his long-term sights on captaining the Reds after signing a new long-term contract at Anfield.

Jones made his senior debut for the Champions League winners in January's FA Cup third-round tie against Wolves and has also been on the bench on three other occasions.

Versatile Jones is considered one of the brightest prospects in Liverpool's academy and the 18-year-old has lofty ambitions.

"Being a local lad it's a dream just to play for the club. To have been offered another long-term contract, I'm absolutely buzzing and I can't wait to get started," he told the club's official website.

"Hopefully I can get a [Premier League] debut and get a goal and give the fans what they deserve.

"Longer term, my dreams are of being the captain of Liverpool football club, playing every week and winning a trophy is definitely what I'm looking to do.

"But I haven't looked that far yet, I'm taking it step by step. My next step should be a big one and I can't wait to see what it is."

Super Cup winners Liverpool are away to Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.

Manchester City take on Tottenham in an early-season Premier League blockbuster on Saturday, pitting two of English football's surest things against one another.

Harry Kane typically stepped up when Spurs needed him on the opening weekend, netting a second-half brace to see off freshly promoted Aston Villa.

The fact City's 5-0 rout of West Ham featured a hat-trick from Raheem Sterling also felt somewhat par for the course.

Two leading lights in Gareth Southgate's England team, Kane and Sterling have operated at an increasingly prolific level over recent seasons – something that undoubtedly bodes well for the Three Lions with Euro 2020 on the horizon.

Here we look at the rise and rise of two phenomenal forwards.

 

2014-15

After doing his time in the loan ranks, Kane flourished during Mauricio Pochettino's first season in charge at Spurs. His 21 goals placed him second behind Sergio Aguero in the Golden Boot standings. Add in four assists and Kane averaged a goal involvement every 103 minutes.

The year after Liverpool's close-shave in a title race with City (sound familiar?), Sterling chipped in with seven goals and seven assists – a goal involvement every 218 minutes as Brendan Rodgers' Anfield tenure ran into problems and speculation mounted over the winger's future.

2015-16

Sterling sealed an acrimonious move to City and endured a mixed campaign. Six goals and just two assists meant his goal involvement average dropped to 241 minutes.

Kane, meanwhile, was going from strength to strength as he claimed the first of back-to-back Golden Boots.

He only supplemented his 25 goals with a solitary assist, however, for a goal involvement every 130 minutes. This placed him below Leicester City's title-winning heroes Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in the overall league standings for goals and assists.

 

2016-17

Kane bolstered his all-round game and hit a sublime level as Spurs spent a large chunk of the campaign as Chelsea's most credible title challengers. He hit 29 goals and seven assists, giving him the most goal involvements in the division – two ahead of Alexis Sanchez – at an astonishing average of one every 70 minutes.

Sterling scored seven and set up six for a goal involvement every 193 minutes. But Pep Guardiola was in town and things were heading in the right direction.

 

2017-18

City stormed to the title with a record-breaking haul of 100 points, made possible by a succession of crucial late strikes by Sterling. He doubled his previous best Premier League campaign to finish with 18 goals, while 11 assists meant he was involved in a goal every 89 minutes.

That edged Kane's average of 96, but 30 goals and two assists meant the Spurs star hit greater numbers overall, before collecting the World Cup Golden Boot playing in an England attack alongside Sterling that reached the semi-finals of Russia 2018.

2018-19

Sterling and City retained their remarkable levels of consistency to go back-to-back, the 24-year-old scoring 17 and laying on a further 10. His 27 goal involvements were the fifth-best in the division.

Despite an injury-interrupted campaign, Kane also scored 17 times and assisted four. His excellent goal involvement average of 116 minutes was shy of Sterling's superb 103.

Leroy Sane is set to undergo surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament injury in Austria.

Manchester City winger Sane – strongly linked with a move to Bayern Munich before the Premier League's transfer window closed – sustained the injury during the Community Shield defeat of Liverpool on August 4.

The 23-year-old is expected to be out for up to seven months, leaving City without the Germany international for the majority of the 2019-20 campaign.

Sane was expected to have undergone surgery already, though Pep Guardiola told reporters ahead of City's clash with Tottenham: "I think [the operation] is this weekend."

Omnisport understands Sane's operation will take place in Austria, with Professor Christian Fink performing the surgery.

City often use the services of Barcelona-based specialist Dr Ramon Cugat, who has previously treated John Stones, Kevin de Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Vincent Kompany and Claudio Bravo during Guardiola's tenure, though Sane has instead decided to be treated by Fink.

Benjamin Mendy has been a regular patient of Dr Cugat's since he joined City in 2017 and Guardiola is eager to see the France full-back – currently recovering from a knee injury – maintain his fitness heading into his third season at the club.

"What I want with Benj is to be fit, be ready for training sessions weeks and weeks and the weeks after," Guardiola said.

"That is [the] target. After, for his specific qualities, he is going to help us. When he played, he played good. 

"You know, he needs to play but he's had almost two years out. We need him for our movements, our rhythm – many things we want to do.  

"The first target is not to focus on playing, It is to be fit, for one month, train regularly, be ready and, of course, he has a chance to play."

Criticism of Maurizio Sarri's handling of N'Golo Kante will not stop Frank Lampard from using the Chelsea midfielder in much the same manner.

Former boss Sarri exclusively deployed Kante in a box-to-box role rather than in his more familiar place in front of the defence.

The World Cup winner contributed four goals in the Premier League last season but pundits and fans alike called for him to be restored to the position in which he previously shone for Leicester City and the Blues.

Lampard resisted those pleas when he named Kante in a slightly more advanced area for the UEFA Super Cup loss to Liverpool on Wednesday, believing predecessor Sarri to have the right idea.

"It's been a discussion that has been over-talked at times last year and that was me watching it from the outside," Lampard said.

"The important thing for me with all of our midfield is that we have a flexibility and nobody is pinned down to an absolute structure.

"I think we saw elements of that against Liverpool where the players have a freedom to use their attributes.

"The idea that he wins the ball probably as well as anybody in world football doesn't mean that he has to sit in front of the back four and do that.

"He also has it in his game to drive forward with the ball, to lead midfield areas and win the ball back high up the pitch.

"That's what I want to give him the freedom to do."

Chelsea face Kante's former club Leicester in the Premier League on Sunday, their first match at Stamford Bridge under head coach Lampard.

Pep Guardiola does not believe the Premier League title race will be contested between just Manchester City and Liverpool, adamant Tottenham will be challengers.

Champions City host Mauricio Pochettino's side on Saturday, with both teams having got their respective campaigns off to a winning start on the opening weekend.

Phil Foden's early goal handed City a 1-0 win in their last meeting with Spurs, which came three days after Tottenham – with the help of VAR – had edged their way past Guardiola's side in the Champions League quarter-finals.

City's 5-0 triumph over West Ham last time out has led some critics to suggest the back-to-back champions will dominate once more this season, though Guardiola does not buy into the argument, insisting Spurs are among those capable of mounting a challenge.

When asked at the pre-match news conference if he had learned anything from his recent meetings with Spurs, Guardiola said: "How good they are.

"I have spoken many times about Tottenham, you know my words and my opinion on them. They're the second best team in Europe. For me, that's enough.

"Since I came here to England, every season they were a real contender. First season, finish second. Last two seasons, always they were there. Always they were tough, tough games.

"All of the [big six are title contenders]. I'm impressed with how Chelsea played against tough teams like United and Liverpool.

"They didn't win but I am surprised at how well they played. Frank Lampard's team. We saw United, the quality they have up front with a new mood.

"Arsenal bought good players, with [Nicolas] Pepe, David Luiz and people in front like [Alexandre] Lacazette, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang. [Dani] Ceballos is incredible. A top player, quality. Tottenham are the same. They are really good contenders."

Raheem Sterling shined in City's demolition of West Ham, scoring a hat-trick while VAR chalked off a Gabriel Jesus goal which the 24-year-old assisted.

Despite Sterling having picked up where he left off last term, though, Guardiola has demanded even more from the England forward.

"There are many [great players], he is one," Guardiola said.

"Look at the top six teams and you will find many, many players. The Premier League has incredible players.

"We have many, but Raheem still. I didn't watch all the other games but he's playing so good from the beginning, being clinical, but we want more, he wants more. It was just the first game of the Premier League season."

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian is confident he will be available to play against Southampton on Saturday despite suffering an ankle injury.

The 32-year-old was hurt when a pitch-invading supporter slipped and collided with him while Liverpool celebrated beating Chelsea on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup.

Adrian - deputising for the injured Alisson - was the hero in Istanbul, saving a decisive spot-kick from Tammy Abraham after the match finished 2-2 after extra time.

Manager Jurgen Klopp said he was unsure if the former West Ham keeper would be fit enough for this weekend, meaning the experienced Andy Lonergan would likely need to start just days after agreeing to a short-team deal with the Reds.

However, Adrian expects he will be ready for the Premier League game at St Mary's Stadium.

"I feel much better," he told Liverpool's official website on Friday.

"It was a strange, weird situation because we were celebrating between us and one guy jumped from the crowd and started running.

"I think he slipped in front of us and also the security with him and made me a tackle from the side. It was a bit of a strange situation but I feel much better today and I hope [I'm] ready [for Saturday].

"I think I have many chances [of playing]. I feel mentally ready and I also hope today with the treatment of the ankle it's going to be much better.

"But I'm very optimistic to start playing tomorrow again."

Mauricio Pochettino was delighted to hear Jose Mourinho thinks Tottenham are Premier League title challengers - even if he also backed Manchester City's "B team".

Former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Mourinho stated last week that reigning champions City can only realistically be stopped by Liverpool or Spurs this season.

He even suggested City's second-string XI would be strong enough to contest for the Premier League, such is the quality in Pep Guardiola's squad.

The comments amused Pochettino ahead of Spurs' trip to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, although he was nonetheless grateful to hear Mourinho has such a high opinion of his players.

"I love Mou! He's so clever, he is so sarcastic sometimes. That's why he's one of the best managers in the world. I respect his opinion," Pochettino told a news conference.

"Of course, [I'm] grateful because a manager like Mourinho believing we have the potential to be a contender, I think it's important. We have our faith and our belief in us, but that compliment helps us to believe a little bit more, of course."

Spurs knocked City out of the Champions League quarter-finals last season on away goals after a dramatic second leg saw VAR rule out a potential winner from Raheem Sterling.

However, Pochettino's men finished 27 points behind City in the Premier League table, a gap the former Southampton boss feels is important to bridge.

"We are going to fight again this season against ourselves to try to improve our balance," he said.

"If we analyse the last five years, we always improve every season in different things but, in the Premier League, I think we decrease in our performance or in the points we got.

"That is our challenge: to improve ourselves, to improve our numbers in the Premier League. Of course, in Europe we have improved and become more competitive and got to the final of the Champions League.

"In the Premier League we decrease and that is the point today: that we want to improve and to try to reduce the distance to City and Liverpool, who were the two best teams in the Premier League [in 2018-19]."

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard condemned the "disgusting" racist abuse aimed at Tammy Abraham and called for more to be done to eradicate a problem that continues to plague English football.

The 21-year-old was targeted on social media after missing the deciding spot-kick as Chelsea lost 5-4 on penalties to Liverpool following a 2-2 draw in the UEFA Super Cup.

England colleagues Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard are among those to have pledged support to Abraham, who has made just a handful of competitive appearances for the Blues.

Lampard also offered his backing to the young striker and praised him for showing the bravery to step up and take a penalty in Wednesday's clash.

"I am disgusted by this so-called Chelsea fan," Lampard said at Friday's news conference.

"I don’t know how it’s allowed - it’s too easy. Something needs to be done, as well as obviously changing mindsets completely.

"I’m so angry for Tammy and angry for us as a club, because that’s not what we’re about. The club does a lot of work against discrimination at all levels and it’s a setback when these things happen.

"Obviously he is more than disappointed - who wouldn’t be? Tammy asked me to take the fifth penalty because he wanted to stand up on a big night when the world was watching.

"Moments afterwards, somebody sitting behind a keyboard or a phone has said the most disgusting things possible.

"He is always desperate to score and that’s one of the things I love about him. He gets in positions regularly and that’s an indication of his character that he’s not hiding."

Chelsea produced an improved display in Istanbul, three days on from suffering a 4-0 loss to Manchester United in their opening Premier League match.

Lampard felt his side should have won the all-English affair in Turkey and is now looking to get off the mark with his first victory in Sunday's home match against Leicester City.

"We didn’t concede so many goals," Lampard said. "There were some really good parts in the Manchester United game. We just need to learn about the four errors from the goals.

"Liverpool are one of the best teams in the world and we matched them. We moved the ball and created chances.

"We lost on penalties but in the game we should have won. What’s important now is the reaction and we’re looking to get our first three points.

"We could have done without extra time, but it is what it is. We have an extra day until Sunday and the players are doing a lot of recovery rather than training."

With the transfer window for European clubs open until early next month, a number of Chelsea's fringe players have been tipped to move on in the next couple of weeks.

Lampard has ruled out an exit for Michy Batshuayi, who is behind Olivier Giroud and Abraham in the pecking order, but the futures of right-back Davide Zappacosta and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko are less clear.

"Michy will stay here as one of our strikers," Lampard said. "We have three strikers this season and there will be opportunities for him. He’s very much our player and competing with Tammy and Ollie.

"As for Zappacosta, that is not clear yet. He is our player and Reece James is probably out for three more weeks. That will be a decision we have to make before the European transfer window closes, similar to Bakayoko."

Mauricio Pochettino admits he does not know if Christian Eriksen will still be a Tottenham player by the end of the European transfer window.

The Premier League's transfer window may have shut, but clubs in Italy and Spain still have time to complete their business, with Eriksen linked to Juventus and both Madrid clubs.

The Denmark playmaker is out of contract at the end of the season and in June confirmed his eagerness to "try something new".

Tottenham have since signed two midfielders, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso, to further cloud Eriksen's uncertain future.

"I don't know," Pochettino told reporters when asked whether the 27-year-old would stay in London.

"My point is to help all of the players, my job is to support them all until they maybe decide to take a different way in their career."

Eriksen was used as a substitute during last weekend's come-from-behind win over Aston Villa and will be considered for a starting XI berth against Manchester City on Saturday after impressing Pochettino during training.

The Tottenham boss denied Eriksen's contract situation would have any influence over his team selection at the Etihad Stadium.

"For me it is the same between a player who has one year on his contract and one who has five years," he said.

"The selection is not for the length of the contract, it is for the performance. 

"After five years you should know to avoid this question, because you know I will take the decision based only on performance and not personal situation with the club."

Argentina international Lo Celso could make his Spurs debut against City after skipping the Villa clash, but Dele Alli remains sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Son Heung-min is set to serve the final game of a three-match ban imposed towards the end of last term.

Liverpool will again be without the injured Naby Keita when they visit Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.

Guinea international Keita has not recovered in time from a hip muscle strain suffered before the UEFA Super Cup victory over Chelsea.

The midfielder was an unused substitute during last Friday's league win against Norwich City at Anfield and manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed there is no timescale for his return.

"[He's] not available. It's a muscle thing," Klopp said when asked about the 24-year-old at his pre-match news conference.

"We don't know exactly how long it will take, but he's not available."

Keita is not Liverpool's only fitness concern, with goalkeeper Adrian potentially set to join Alisson on the sidelines.

The Spaniard was left nursing a swollen ankle after a fan slipped and collided with him amid the on-pitch celebrations in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Klopp will have to carefully assess his troops ahead of a third game in eight days, a schedule that does not sit comfortably with the German.

"My plan when I heard about the fixtures was to win on Wednesday, to win on Saturday, then speak about it after that," he said.

"If you speak about it earlier it sounds like you're looking for excuses. I don't, we don't [want to make excuses].

"Was it right that we played on Friday and Chelsea on Sunday? No. That's the situation, we cannot change these things.

"We have no power. We can only accept it. Now we don't think about it, we don't think about Wednesday night, we think about Saturday.

"That's what we have to do - find a way to win the game. That's the reason why we go there and that's possible, so that's what we will try."

Harry Maguire has already made a big impact at Manchester United on and off the field, according to boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United agreed a reported £80million deal with Leicester City earlier this month to make Maguire the most expensive centre-back of all time.

The England international impressed on his debut last weekend as he helped his side keep a clean sheet in their 4-0 win against Chelsea.

Speaking ahead of Monday's trip to Wolves, Solskjaer said he has been equally as impressed with Maguire's influence on the training ground during his first couple of weeks at the club.

"He’s very level-headed and is just as composed off the pitch as on it," Solskjaer said at Friday's news conference.

"He is experienced and a big presence around the place, always smiling, a personality you like to have around and a cool head at the back is important.

"Level-headed defenders who are not emotionally affected are great for a manager and the team. He’s been very good to have around."

United have momentum on their side ahead of their meeting with Wolves after winning all six pre-season matches, including a penalty shoot-out victory against AC Milan, which they followed up with three points against Chelsea.

Solskjaer pointed to his side's improved fitness levels as a key factor in their turnaround in form, having ended last season with one win in their final seven Premier League matches.

"Chelsea outran us quite a lot in April, now we’ve outran them," he said. "That’s a good shift for us but it’s not just about fitness. Fitness is important but we also have quality.

"We’ve had a good pre-season, our fitness is better and we’ve got a young team that will give us energy. Towards the end of last season we were mentally tired but we are now mentally fresh.

"It’s a big period still for us, more or less pre-season. We’ve got a couple more weeks after this [when] we can put loads of work on the training ground."

The trip to Molineux provides United with an opportunity to exact some revenge following away defeats to Wolves in the FA Cup and Premier League in the final two months of last season.

"I feel like I’m going home because we've been there so often lately," Solskjaer joked. "They were tough games and Wolves are a hard team to break down as they defend deep and don’t give you a lot of spaces.

"They can counter-attack and their set-pieces are always dangerous.

"We’ve been looking at the games last season to see if there’s anything different to do this time, but our form, our attitude and the mood after the Chelsea win is great so we go into the game confident."

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian could miss the Premier League trip to Southampton after a fan accidentally kicked his ankle while celebrating Wednesday's UEFA Super Cup triumph.

An irritated Jurgen Klopp revealed the second-choice shot-stopper was struggling with swelling following a post-match collision with a pitch invader and is a doubt for Saturday's outing.

Adrian had been in the headlines for the right reasons against Chelsea in Istanbul, saving the decisive spot-kick from Tammy Abraham as Liverpool prevailed on penalties following a 2-2 draw at the end of extra-time.

The Spaniard, signed on a free earlier this month, only began the game after regular starter Alisson injured his calf during the Premier League victory over Norwich City at Anfield.

Third-choice option Andy Lonergan, 35, another recent acquisition following his release by Middlesbrough, may now be required to take over at St Mary's, much to Klopp's chagrin.

"I really don't understand why in a world of social media, where you are all on it, where we are all together, a supporter jumped over something, was chased by security guys, slipped and kicked [Adrian's] ankle," the Reds boss said on Friday.

"Crazy. Yesterday [Thursday] it was swollen. Today I spoke to him, here's here, he said it's much better. Much better than yesterday, but we have to see.

"Apart from that, it was a brilliant night for him, for sure."

Klopp did not hide his frustration with the ongoing instances of Liverpool supporters entering the field of play, which also occurred after the pre-season defeat of Tranmere Rovers.

"There's no doubt about how much we love our fans, but if they could all stop doing that. That's now the worst example I've heard about," he said of the latest incident involving Adrian.

"It's not funny, what can I say?

"I like the fact we don't have fences in the stadium, but that means there's a lot of responsibility on security.

"If the one person cannot stop himself then the people around him should do it. It's crazy. You think, wow, how can this happen?"

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