Adrian has already played more than double the amount of games he did last season.
That he’s done so for European champions Liverpool shows just what a good few months the Spaniard has enjoyed. Speaking to Spanish media agency Efe this week, the goalkeeper insisted that it was his decision to leave West Ham, having failed to agree a new contract with the London club.
That left him a free agent, and there was probably a little worry for the footballer when he wasn’t snapped up immediately. Then, the call came from Liverpool and the 32 year old subsequently got opportunities he may have thought were unavailable at this stage of his career.
Asked whether he even thought for a second when Liverpool contacted him, Adrian is quoted by Mundo Deportivo as saying: “I was a little shocked, because it is true that their team of scouts had followed me for several years, but never had the opportunity. Then, their manager said when they won the Champions League that they were not going to make changes in goal. The market moved and the opportunity came, at an ideal time because I was free.”
The former West Ham player insists he’s ‘super proud’ to now be part of Liverpool’s glorious history, and asked how he felt when he found out he’d be a starter in the UEFA Super Cup, he explained: “At that time you don’t have time to think much more than play. Once the first game is over and after four days you have the Super Cup… It was my turn to think about it. It was a great game. I could not have finished better.”
Asked if he feels a ‘stage has closed’ now that Alisson has returned from injury, Adrian replied: “Not at all. I have signed for two years plus an optional one. The perspective I had when coming was to fight for that position, in a team that plays several competitions and there is room for everyone. They are many matches for one person. I am prepared for the good and for the less good, which is that I do not continue playing and have to face other competitions.”
So far, things have gone as well as he could have possibly hoped.