Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian has quickly won the respect of his team-mates at Anfield following initial scepticism upon joining the club, according to reports.
Football Insider claimed that the Liverpool dressing room had been sceptical about the club’s signing of a player who had been out of contract after being released by West Ham in May, but that perception now appears to have changed.
According to Football Insider, many of the Reds’ players feel that the 32-year-old is an upgrade on Simon Mignolet, who left for Club Brugge last month, and have been raving about him behind the scenes.
Coming into the new season, Alisson’s status as Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper was undisputed, with the Brazil international starting all but two games in 2018/19, as well as the first two matches of this campaign prior to incurring a calf injury against Norwich.
Adrian has since been ever-present for the Reds and his penalty save from Tammy Abraham ensured success in the UEFA Super Cup last month.
Liverpool have won all five Premier League matches in which he has been involved, although he tasted his first defeat at the club against Napoli in the Champions League in midweek. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
Adrian has kept just one clean sheet in his seven Reds appearances to date (14.3% of games) and conceded eight goals (1.14 per game), one of which came from his error against Southampton when he passed the ball straight to Danny Ings for a simple finish.
He has averaged 1.8 saves per game in his Liverpool career so far and made three against Napoli, including one fantastic reaction stop to deny Dries Mertens early in the second half.
Mignolet made 204 appearances for Liverpool, keeping 66 clean sheets (32.4% of games) and conceding 239 goals (1.17 per game). [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
He has been culpable for 18 errors leading to goals in 245 Premier League appearances, one every 13.61 games. Adrian has had eight such errors in 130 Premier League matches, one every 16.25 games, giving him the advantage in that regard.
Mignolet averaged 1.8 saves per game in the 2017/18 season with Liverpool, the last in which he played a Premier League game. That average fell from 2.8 per game in his first season at the club in 2013/14, although it still matches Adrian’s average from the current campaign so far. [via WhoScored.com]
Although Mignolet had a better clean sheet record at Liverpool than Adrian currently has, as well as matching his saves per game ratio, the Spanish goalkeeper has a better concession ratio and demonstrated his excellent shot-stopping ability against Napoli.
That he has performed commendably after being thrown in at the deep end following injury to Alisson, winner of the Premier League Golden Glove with 21 clean sheets in 2018/19, shows that Adrian adapted quickly to filling in for such a reliable goalkeeper, so it should come as no surprise that he has taken little time to earn the respect of his Liverpool team-mates.
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