Manuel Pellegrini reveals he wanted Adrian to stay at West Ham as goalkeeper becomes Liverpool hero in UEFA Super Cup


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Manuel Pellegrini was keen for Liverpool’s Super Cup hero Adrian to stay at West Ham.

The goalkeeper left the Hammers at the end of last season following the end of his contract.

The 32-year-old had lost his place to Lukasz Fabianski and decided to move elsewhere.

Adrian was the hero in Liverpool’s Super Cup win over Chelsea on Wednesday night

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Adrian was the hero in Liverpool’s Super Cup win over Chelsea on Wednesday night

Adrian looked set for another season as back-up keeper when he completed a surprise move to Anfield just 10 days ago.

Yet he found himself immediately thrust into the spotlight following an injury to first-choice keeper Alisson.

And Adrian became an instant Reds hero when he saved Tammy Abraham’s penalty in the shoot-out against Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday night as Liverpool lifted the Super Cup.

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Pellegrini said: “I’m very happy for him, because he played a lot of years here at West Ham. He’s a very good goalkeeper.

“For different reasons he couldn’t find an arrangement to continue here. We wanted him here because not only is he a good goalkeeper but he is a good player for the squad.

“He signed for Liverpool and put in a very good performance and I’m happy for him.”

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Pellegrini takes West Ham to Brighton on Saturday looking to bounce back from their 5-0 opening-day defeat to Manchester City.

“It was not a good start to the season, we made too many mistakes and we need to improve to be a competitive team,” he added.

“We must be consistent in our style. All the preparation, or the most part of it, is in the way we can improve our style of playing.

“One defeat will not change our mindset. We have built a good squad. We must try to play better, we must defend better but it is just one game.”

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