By Wayne Veysey
Liverpool’s players have been raving about summer signing Adrian behind the scenes, Football Insider understands.
The goalkeeper was signed on a free transfer just a few days before the start of the season as a replacement for Simon Mignolet, who was sold to Club Brugges.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider how the dressing room was initially sceptical that the club had signed a keeper who had been training back home in Spain in the two months since being released by West Ham.
But Adrian, 32, has won over his new teammates with his all-round game, and many believe he represents an upgrade on predecessor Mignolet.
The Spaniard was signed as a back-up to Alisson, but an injury to the Brazilian goalkeeper has given him a run in the Liverpool side and he has now played seven consecutive matches.
The former Hammers number one made a major error when he allowed Danny Ings to score against Southampton, but his kicking has otherwise been of a consistently high standard and he suits the team’s style of building up from the back.
He also demonstrated the calibre of his shotstopping with an outstanding save in a fine performance in last night’s 2-0 defeat to Napoli, with the goals resulting from uncharacteristic Andy Robertson and Virgil van Dijk errors.
The source explained how Klopp had instructed goalkeeping coach John Achterberg to help sign a shot-stopper with extensive top-level experience and who could fit into Liverpool’s sophisticated pattern of play.
Adrian played 150 times for West Ham across six seasons following his arrival from Real Betis in the summer of 2013, but lost his regular starting spot last season to Lukasz Fabianski.
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