By 90Min
August 05, 2019

Liverpool have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Adrian on a free transfer as a replacement for the departed Simon Mignolet. 

32-year-old Adrian, a former Hammer, made over 150 appearances for the London side before being released from his contract earlier this summer.

While he's not the £100m star striker to appease all of Twitter, there are still plenty of reasons for Liverpool fans fall in love with their new signing. 

Here are four of them...


His Heroic Penalty Antics Against Everton

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Adrian became a cult hero at West Ham following his penalty antics against Everton in 2015. In a thrilling FA cup tie, it was Adrian that sealed the victory after saving a pivotal spot-kick and then later scoring the winning penalty in a sudden death shootout (despite never having taken a spot-kick before). 

The victory marked West Ham's first win in the competition since 2011, making him a fan favourite overnight. 


He Used to Play Striker

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Until he was aged 10, Adrian played outfield as a striker or winger for his club CD Altair in Spain. It was only when he signed for Real Betis that he began his career between the sticks. 

He told FourFourTwo: "When I was 10 I played as a striker, because I was tall and I enjoyed scoring goals. But then my team didn’t have a goalkeeper, so I decided to go in goal, but only as a stop-gap until we managed to get a new keeper. But I did quite well, the coach was impressed and the following year I was signed by Betis. To this day I’ve remained a keeper and now I’m no longer thinking of changing positions - I think I’ll stick to being a goalkeeper!"

Since then, the 6ft 3in Spaniard hasn't looked back, though it's nice to know Jurgen Klopp has another option up top if he needs it!


He Is (Very) Experienced at Premier League Level

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Adrian has played 125 Premier League games with West Ham, making his debut back in 2013.

In that time he has kept 35 clean sheets (more than the likes of Shay Given, Jordan Pickford and Carlo Cudicini), saved five penalties and made a whopping 436 saves!

He also won a trio of awards at West Ham's end of season award ceremony back in 2014 - Signing of the Season, Save of the Season and Best Individual Performance.


He's Hungry for Titles

While he will be forced to spend a lot of time on the bench this season, Adrian is not coming to simply make up the numbers as his announcement interview demonstrates.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com Adrian said: "I’m very ambitious, I come here to try to win everything, to try to push Ali [Becker] from the first minute and to make us better. Obviously, I want to win titles."


Adrian's elite mentality will fit in well with the Liverpool squad. The goalkeeper knows his role is to push Alisson from the moment he arrives. This sort of attitude shows that he is hungry to bring more silverware to Anfield and that he is the perfect replacement for Mignolet. 


He Is a Class Act Off the Pitch Too

After leaving West Ham this summer and before arriving Liverpool, Adrian had some time to kill and fitness to maintain.

Rather than Instagramming his way around Dubai or the Maldives like many footballers he spent time with UD Pilas in his home city of Seville to keep his sharpness.

Upon leaving he sent the semi-pro club a thank you card complete with voucher for new equipment. What a guy!

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