Liverpool have announced the signing of former West Ham goalkeeper Adrian on a free transfer.
The 32-year-old ‘keeper joins the Reds (per Liverpool’s official website) just hours after the departure of Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who joined Belgian side Club Brugge for a reported £6.4m according to BBC Sport.
Adrian was released by West Ham this summer following a season where the Spanish shot-stopper made just five appearances (per Transfermarkt), all of them coming in cup competitions as Lukasz Fabianski asserted himself as the number one ‘keeper in east London.
As well as making money from Mignolet, the Reds have managed to sign a goalkeeper who has proven in the past to be one of the Premier League’s finest when on top form as stats from the Premier League’s official website show when comparing the two.
In their last full season both playing regular first-team football, 2015/16, Adrian conceded fewer goals than Mignolet with 39 compared to the Belgian’s 42.
The then West Ham stopper also registered more saves than the Liverpool shot-stopper with 99 compared to Mignolet’s 70, resulting in a higher saves-per-game ratio for Adrian with 3.09 to 2.09.
Adrian comes to Liverpool likely to take Mignolet’s spot on the bench and playing number two to Alisson, but in doing so, the Reds have seemingly improved their goalkeeping options and at a cost-effective price.
The Spanish goalkeeper’s numbers show that the former West Ham man has the quality to play in the Premier League, and if something is to happen to Alisson next season, Liverpool fans can be reassured that they have a reliable custodian in Adrian waiting in the wings.
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