We need to talk about Adrián. Again.
In the blink of an eye he’s gone from being released by West Ham to being the hero for the Champions League holders. We’ve barely even had a chance to miss him.
On hearing that he was signing for Liverpool, I was so happy for him. For my favourite ‘keeper to be making a return to a Premier League team was fantastic news, even if he would be a benchwarmer or cup goalie.
On the first night of the season, a Friday of all days, I was out for dinner. I kept up with the Liverpool V Norwich score, just out of interest. What I failed to absorb was my other half telling me Alisson had gone off injured. I shrugged and carried on with my confit duck leg.
It was only when I got home to catch the last few minutes of the game and I overheard ‘Adrián’ in commentary, I let out a high-pitched squeal that only dogs could hear!
I hadn’t clicked that the injury to the first- choice ‘keeper meant that our east-end hero would get his chance to play.
That moment, I felt genuinely pleased for him. After a tough couple of months he’d made his debut for Liverpool on the first day of the season. What could be better than that?
In a way, it did get better on a goalkeeping level for Adrián. He was the star-man in Istanbul for Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup. Tammy Abraham stepped up to take the final penalty of the standard shoot-out only for the new Liverpool ‘keeper to save with an outstretched leg. Cue scenes!
Jürgen Klopp rushed over to the penalty hero along with all his teammates. The Spaniard was then given pride of place in the trophy lifting ceremony and his grin overtook the whole stage.
Personally, I’m ecstatic for him. He couldn’t have looked happier. A trophy is a trophy – the Super Cup is one of those that if you win it’s a big deal but if you lose then it’s nothing.
Even the least sporty amongst us can surely appreciate that lifting silverware, especially after contributing so much to the win, is exhilarating.
I’m over the moon for him and will continue to look out for his opportunities and performances throughout his career at Liverpool, and beyond.