Adrian reveals ex-keeper’s role in Liverpool move

Date published: Tuesday 20th August 2019 12:44 - Will Ford

Adrian has revealed former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina’s role in persuading him to move to Anfield.

The former West Ham goalkeeper was signed on a free transfer this summer as back-up to first choice Alisson, but was forced into action early as the Brazilian suffered a calf injury in the opening game against Norwich.

Adrian sought the guidance of former Liverpool number one and national compatriot Pepe Reina before signing from West Ham, reports

“I have talked to quite a few [Spanish players]. The most with Pepe Reina, with whom I have a lot of confidence in and he assured me that I would enjoy [Liverpool] very much,” he said.

“He told me that he was coming to a great club and that I was going to have a great time.

“I have only been here for a week, but it has already become clear to me with the reception they gave me at Anfield and with the victory in the Super Cup, that it is a club of impressive magnitude.

“The thing with Liverpool goes way back. The scouts had already contacted my representatives and checked the option to sign me, but it could not be done.

“I had a contract with West Ham, and it was in its last year, the least fruitful when things changed.

“I played practically nothing in the league and negotiations to renew did not end well. But, finally, my decision to leave was the most accurate and it allowed me to change clubs.

“I had several offers from Spain, some of them were advanced and also in other leagues.

“But when I got the offer from Liverpool, there was little to think about. They told us that they could sell Mignolet and I was the first option. If I said yes, they would not continue searching in the market.

“I just had to introduce myself in Liverpool. It was all done very fast. In just two weeks everything happened.”


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