By Oliver Dawnay
15th August 2019,
Adrian has admitted his first week at Liverpool has been ‘crazy’ after helping his new club to Super Cup glory against Chelsea.
The shot-stopper was without a club this summer after his contract expired with West Ham before Jurgen Klopp opted to bring him to Anfield as a back-up to Alisson Becker.
But when the Brazilian was injured during the 4-1 win over Norwich, Adrian came in and then started the Super Cup match against Chelsea in Istanbul, picking up a winner’s medal after saving Tammy Abraham’s spot-kick as the Reds won the shoot-out 5-4 following a thrilling 2-2 draw in Istanbul.
Adrian told BT Sport: “Welcome to Liverpool. It was a crazy week.”
Adrian praised his team-mates, adding: “With them, it’s so easy to play at the back.
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“I’m really happy to play for Liverpool and really happy for their fans.”
Adrian revealed he had tried to pull out of the challenge on Abraham which led to the penalty for Chelsea’s second equaliser during extra time.
He said: “I tried to stop when I saw him. I touched him but he was looking for that.”
The game had gone to extra time after a Sadio Mane double had cancelled out Olivier Giroud’s opener for Chelsea before Jorginho’s penalty took it to a shoot-out.
Klopp and captain Jordan Henderson both praised the part played by Adrian.
Klopp said: “It’s so nice for him. I don’t think he won a lot in his life so to win this big one is so nice for him.”
The Liverpool manager paused his TV interview to call out the keeper’s name and referenced a scene from the hit film Rocky.
Klopp shouted: “Adrian! It’s like in Rocky.”
Henderson added: “I’m delighted for Adrian who’s just come into the club and he’s the hero.”
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