Premier League Goalkeeper has made himself a Liverpool hero
It’s been an enthralling nine days for goalkeeper Adrian. Only recently, the stopper was without a club and training at UD Pilas is the lower divisions.
Now, the stopper has made himself a hero with Premier League side Liverpool, staring his first match for the Reds and saving the crucial penalty to win the team the European Super Cup in Istanbul.
How have the last few days been?
“It’s been a crazy week and winning the Super Cup is a dream come true. I couldn’t have written a better script. Nobody could have imagined that only a year ago I was training alone with Pedro Illanes [goalkeeping coach] at Pilas. Destiny has blessed me with this chance, and I had to make the most of it.”
How did Liverpool’s interest come about?
“It came from a while back. Their scouts had always been watching me, but it was never concrete because of my contract with West Ham, or because they had signed other goalkeepers. Three weeks ago, they called me to say they had an offer for Mignolet, and their number one aim was to replace him was me.
“I was shocked. After six seasons with West Ham, I didn’t think that I would return to the Premier League unless it was for a more exciting project. I had good offers from Spain and abroad. In fact, I was close to a move. But when Liverpool come calling you don’t have to think about it.”
Jurgen Klopp suggested that you needed time, so how have you prepared so quickly?
“I have had to change my mentality because I have come to a winning club which has to compete in all competitions. But I have a lot of experience already. Also, it’s been easy to settle into this team because of the players they already have. They have made it very easy for me and I have now contributed my penny’s worth by helping the club win the Super Cup.”
Have you not been intimidated by competing for a place against Alisson?
“It was clear that I have going to be competing against a very impressive goalkeeper. Alisson has been playing at a great level with Liverpool and also for Brazil. But for me, nobody has given me anything.
“All I have achieved has come from a base level of work, fight and sacrifice. Football is a short career and you always have to be prepared for when the opportunity arrives. The opportunity (for me) came earlier than expected, but I know that from playing at a high level I have been trusted. I am prepared for what’s to come.”