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Signed in the summer for absolutely nothing, one would assume that not many people thought Adrian would even get onto the pitch for Liverpool, let alone dazzle with his performances.
However, a calf injury to the Brazilian No.1 in the Premier League opener against Norwich cast the spotlight on the former West Ham glovesman earlier than anticipated, and he hasn’t let anybody at Liverpool down – not one bit.
You may argue that his slip-up away to Southampton was an incidence of him letting his side down, but even Alisson did that at times as a result of Jurgen Klopp’s desire to see his team play out from the back.
But surely, nobody expected Adrian to be this impressive. Surely.
A match-winning performance on his first Liverpool start – in the UEFA Super Cup final of all games – must have done wonders for the Spaniard’s confidence, and he is taking that into every game for the Reds as they attempt to win the Premier League.
Just by looking at the last two matches alone, the 32-year-old has come up trumps.
A remarkable save against Napoli was one that even Alisson would’ve presumably been proud of, and more recently, the 2-1 win over Chelsea was largely down to the Liverpool No.13.
A crucial one-on-one save from Tammy Abraham midway through the first half saved Liverpool, and he remained switched on to keep out Marcos Alonso’s goal-bound header in the second half with a brilliant save – Alonso was adjudged to be offside, but Adrian had no way of knowing that.
Incidentally, having arrived as a low-key backup goalkeeper on a free transfer, nobody would’ve expected Adrian to look the business for the European champions in a side gunning for a maiden Premier League title.
Adrian’s arrival can now well and truly be deemed as a shrewd addition, to say the least.