Istanbul: Jurgen Klopp hailed “unbelievable” UEFA Tremendous Cup hero Adrian after which admitted he had no concept the place the goalkeeper even was a fortnight in the past.
The Spaniard, solely within the facet due to an harm to primary goalkeeper Allison Becker, saved Tammy Abraham’s penalty to provide Liverpool a 5-Four shootout win towards Chelsea after the showdown between Champions League and Europa League winners had completed 2-2 in Istanbul on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old former Betis shot-stopper joined Liverpool on a free switch to exchange the departed Simon Mignolet on 5 August, the day after Klopp’s workforce misplaced on penalties to Manchester Metropolis within the Group Protect.
Launched by West Ham United, he was thrust into the highlight when he needed to change the injured Alisson within the first half of the Premier League opening 4-1 win towards Norwich on Friday.
“I do not know the place Adrian was two weeks in the past after we performed Man Metropolis,” mentioned Klopp after seeing his European champions win the Tremendous Cup for the fourth time.
“After I spoke to him for the primary time it was clear he would want time to get match, however we did not have that point so he needs to be match now, and he was match, he performed an unbelievable recreation, he made sensational saves.”
Adrian made notable interventions throughout the recreation, diving on the toes of Mateo Kovacic within the first half and batting away a Mason Mount strike late in additional time.
‘Icing on the cake’
Nevertheless, he additionally fouled Abraham to provide away the 101st-minute penalty which Jorginho scored to make it 2-2 after Sadio Mane’s 95th-minute second aim had appeared to have put the Merseysiders on target for an extra-time victory.
“In penalty shootouts you are at all times fortunate however his efficiency over 120 minutes was unbelievable, making the save from the penalty was the icing on the cake,” mentioned Klopp.
“He helped us loads and he could be actually happy with what he did tonight,” added the German supervisor, who described Adrian as “a correct persona within the dressing room”.
Adrian had as soon as been a daily for West Ham however didn’t play within the Premier League final season and his final look earlier than arriving at Anfield had been an FA Cup defeat by third-tier AFC Wimbledon in January.
“Welcome to Liverpool! It was a loopy week, however with them it is really easy taking part in on the again, so I’m actually completely satisfied for the workforce, completely satisfied to get that trophy, that title,” Adrian instructed BT Sport.
Klopp was additionally effusive in his reward of the all-female refereeing workforce, headed by France’s Stephanie Frappart, even when he was not pleased with the penalty awarded to Chelsea in additional time.
“I instructed the ref workforce that if we had performed like they whistled we might have gained 6-0, that was my opinion, that they performed a superb recreation.”