Adrian made name for himself on Wednesday as he saved the penalty of Tammy Abraham which gave Liverpool the UEFA Super Cup. Backed up to Alisson Becker this summer, Adrian received his opportunity much earlier than anticipated after Alisson had to walk off the field on the Premier League opening day against Norwich.
His next experiment was a UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea, and in the penalty shootout he finally made the decisive save. After the game, the Spanish newspapers became crazy for their fellow countryman, with Marca calling him’ Liverpool’s new hero.’ Meanwhile, Adrian came from unemployment to glory with the title ‘Adrian.’
At the end of last season, Adrian was released by West Ham after being replaced by Lukasz Fabianski, and his last game was back in the FA Cup in January. Liverpool, however, picked him up in early August on a free transfer, and was rapidly pushed to the side after Alisson’s injury.
However, it wasn’t just the punishment save, as Adrian produced an outstanding save in the first half at Mateo Kovacic’s feet, pushing a thundering drive from Pedro to the bar as well. However, there was controversy after the game, as replays revealed that Adrian stepped off his line before saving his penalty. New guidelines state that a keeper must have at least one foot on the line before the penalty is imposed, but VAR has not requested it.