Spanish goalkeeper Adrian demanded first-team football from West Ham United before leaving, according to a report from Football Insider.
The 32-year-old was out of contract at the London Stadium last summer, and had just spent the entirety of the 2018/19 campaign as their second choice behind Lukasz Fabianski.
However, that didn’t stop him asking for a renewal of his £50,000-per-week contract or asking the Hammers to re-install him as their number one ahead of the Polish international.
The London club opted against offering the Spaniard fresh terms, instead ending his six-year stay. He left the club in search of first-team football, but despite interest from Rangers, Crystal Palace and former club Real Betis (via West Ham Way Podcast) nothing materialised.
That’s when Liverpool decided to step forward, with the Reds looking for a new back-up goalkeeper after allowing Simon Mignolet to leave.
He would have understood that he would be playing second fiddle to Alisson at Anfield. But with limited options available to him he opted to join Jurgen Klopp’s side on a free transfer and on one of the lowest first-team wages at the club.
Ultimately he has benefitted from Alisson’s misfortune. The Brazilian picked up an injury in the first game of the season and Adrian has since ended up getting the regular first-team football for a top club that he was seeking.
So far he has played eight games in all competitions, with six of those appearances in the Premier League. He also started in the Reds’ UEFA Super Cup triumph against Chelsea back in August, where he wrote his name in club history by saving Tammy Abraham’s penalty in the shootout to ensure Liverpool won the trophy.
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