Jürgen Klopp welcomed the “unbelievable performance” of Adrian Despite lack of preparation time when the goalkeeper was heroic on penalties, Liverpool won the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea in Istanbul.
The Spaniard denied Tammy Abraham on penalties with a deficit in the 5-4 victory on penalties at Vodafone Park, with the score 2-2 after extra time.
A few weeks ago, Adrian trained with semi-professional UD Pilas in his country’s sixth division to stay in shape after being fired from West Ham United.
He was on the verge of joining Real Valladolid before Liverpool made him an offer to replace Alisson as a deputy Simon Mignolet joined Club Bruges.
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The European champions expected the 32-year-old to have a longer settling-in period after signing on August 5, but those plans were derailed on the opening day of the Premier League season when Alisson hobbled in a calf injury win over Norwich.
Klopp hailed the player’s great “personality” as a factor in why he settled in so quickly and played so admirably for Liverpool despite his inactivity.
“He played an incredible game, he had sensational saves,” said the coach. “Both goalkeepers had that, but Adrian’s maybe a little more surprising because it was pretty much unprepared. I don’t know when he played the last game for West Ham to be honest, so it’s been a while been ready how he was ready tonight is amazing.
“Not only is he a great person on the pitch, he also showed me in the locker room that he is a real personality. He was maybe louder than me at halftime. I wasn’t loud because I wanted to give some information . ” but he was really busy and that was good. It is important and it helps us. He deserves that.
“Of course you are always lucky on penalties, but your performance over the 120 minutes was incredible. The shot on the penalty is the icing on the cake and is wonderful. I’ve seen once now that he could really grab his towel before he started partying. That’s something special too, so he’s obviously quick in his head and knows what he wants to do. He’s helped us a lot and he can be really proud of what he did tonight. “
Adrian, who last started a game at West Ham in January, has been identified by Referee Stephanie Frappart as a disabled Abraham in the penalty area during extra time Jorginho Conversion of the penalty to turn the competition into a shooting.
Klopp disagreed with the decision, but praised the position of the Frenchwoman and her assistants Manuela Nicolosi and Michelle O’Neill after Frappart became the first female referee to lead a major UEFA men’s competition on Wednesday.
“I told the referee team after the game that we would have won 6-0 if we had played the way they had whistled,” said Klopp. “That was my absolute opinion.
“They played a brilliant game. I also told her that I wasn’t happy with the penalty decision because I’m still not sure if it was a penalty, but it doesn’t matter anymore. They were really good.”
“Whatever you might have thought before the game, it was hellish pressure on you with a historic moment. Keep calm and do what you have to do, decide very important things in a very difficult and intense game – I wouldn’t have can have “more respect, to be honest. It was really a brilliant achievement. “