Klopp hails hero Adrian as Reds claim Super Cup
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp praised goalkeeper Adrian after his heroics helped the Reds win the Super Cup following a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
The clash with Chelsea in Istanbul had to be settled by a shoot-out after 90 minutes of normal time, plus extra time, could not separate the two sides as the match finished 2-2.
Step up Adrian, who proved that fairy tales can happen as he kept out Tammy Abraham’s spot kick, to earn his new club their fourth Super Cup victory, putting them just one behind both Real Madrid and AC Milan.
Speaking in the aftermath of the win, both Klopp and Reds captain Jordan Henderson had praise for the part played by Adrian.
“It’s so nice for him. I don’t think he won a lot in his life so to win this big one is so nice for him.” Klopp said.
The Liverpool manager then paused his TV interview to call out the keeper’s name and referenced a scene from the hit film Rocky. Klopp shouted: “Adrian! It’s like in Rocky.”
Henderson added: “I’m delighted for Adrian who’s just come into the club and he’s the hero.”
Adrian himself admitted his first week at Liverpool had been a crazy one.
The former West Ham keeper had found himself without a club after leaving the London Stadium but Klopp brought him to Anfield as back up to Alison Becker.
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But when the Brazilian was injured during the 4-1 win over Norwich it became clear that Adrian would be thrown straight in at the deep end for the clash with Chelsea.
In the lead-up to the clash, the keeper received plenty of support from his team-mates, who spoke publically about the faith they had in him ahead of the game, and he proved them right with his heroics at the end.
“Welcome to Liverpool. It was a crazy week,” said Adrian, who then went on to praise his new team-mates.
“With them, it’s so easy to play at the back. I’m really happy to play for Liverpool and really happy for their fans.”
Adrian then revealed he had tried to pull out of the challenge on Abraham which led to the penalty for Chelsea’s second equaliser during extra time.
“I tried to stop when I saw him. I touched him but he was looking for that,” he said.
The game had gone to extra time after a Sadio Mane double had cancelled out Olivier Giroud’s opener for Chelsea before Jorginho’s penalty took it to a shoot-out.