By Damian Mannion
15th August 2019,
Jurgen Klopp referenced Rocky during the Super Cup celebrations.
The Liverpool manager was being interviewed and bellowed his goalkeeper’s name in the style of Sylvester Stallone’s character.
“Adrian! It’s like in Rocky,” he told BT Sport. “What a story!
“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 goalkeeper has only been at Liverpool for a week, but was thrust into the spotlight when Alisson suffered injury on the first game of the season and probably felt like he had gone 12 rounds in Istanbul.
He started the Super Cup win against Chelsea, picking up a winner’s medal by saving Tammy Abraham’s spot-kick as Liverpool won the penalty shoot-out 5-4 after the game ended 2-2 following extra time.
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“Welcome to Liverpool. It was a crazy week,” he said afterwards.
He also praised his team-mates, adding: “With them, it’s so easy to play at the back.
“I’m really happy to play for Liverpool and really happy for their fans.”
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.
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.
“I tried to stop when I saw him. I touched him but he was looking for that.”
Nevertheless, captain Jordan Henderson said he was happy to see the new signing get his hands on silverware.