In the space of little more than a week, Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian has gone from being a free agent to playing a key part in the Reds’ latest European trophy win.
The 32-year-old Spaniard saved from Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham in last night’s UEFA Super Cup penalty shoot-out triumph, his stop ensuring that Liverpool would lift the trophy for the fourth time [via Sky Sports].
When being interviewed by BT Sport in the immediate aftermath of that victory, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp enthusiastically roared out: “Adrian…like Rocky”, as noted by Liverpool’s official Twitter channel, seemingly comparing the goalkeeper to Sylvester Stallone’s eponymous character from the Rocky films.
“ADRIANNNN, LIKE ROCKY!”
Never change, boss pic.twitter.com/IuxQvHyQvS
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 14, 2019
In the absence of Alisson, who went off injured in last week’s win against Norwich City and looks set to be sidelined for a number of weeks, Adrian has stepped into the goalkeeping void for Liverpool after joining just 10 days ago.
He hasn’t managed to keep a clean sheet in either of his appearances so far, but even before the penalty shoot-out last night he made a vital contribution to his team by pulling off four saves, including an excellent one-handed stop from Mason Mount in extra time.
These Liverpool fans on Twitter hugely enjoyed Klopp’s ‘Rocky’ moment and showed their affection for the manager:
Announce Klopp lifetime contract
— Josh (@KloppStyle) August 14, 2019
LOVE YOU KLOPPOOOO
— Kai🇧🇷 (@lfcnine) August 14, 2019
GIVE HIM A NEW CONTRACT PLEASE
— fletch (@fletcher_xo) August 14, 2019
I’ll never get bored of watching this… ever.
I can’t imagine another day going by which won’t be improved by this clip.
Klopp is all of us LOVE him!
— Samantha Quek (@SamanthaQuek) August 14, 2019
Give him a life contract
— The Redmen (@LiamLFCButler) August 14, 2019
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Love u boss cannot image LFC without u Pls stay 20 years more only
— Hanen Albay (@hanindado) August 14, 2019