Demoted Liverpool man ‘always ready’ after Klopp labels him ‘pure class’

Date published: Tuesday 2nd March 2021 5:08 - Robert McCarthy

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Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Adrian is now firmly the club’s third-choice goalkeeper, but insists the Spaniard’s reaction to being demoted has been ‘pure class’. 

There were over four months between Adrian‘s start at Sheffield United on Sunday night and his last appearance for Klopp’s men.

A cleansheet in a 1-0 win over Ajax in October was followed by another shutout at Bramall Lane, however.

The 34-year-old was standing in for Alisson following the death of the Brazilian’s father.

Caoimhin Kelleher would normally have stepped in for Liverpool’s No.1, but an injury gave Adrian the chance to shine.

Speaking about Adrian after the game on Sunday, Klopp told BBC Sport “showed pure class and character, and what kind of personality he is.”

Now Adrian has spoken about life at Anfield, and what it’s been like to lose his first-team squad place.

He told LFCTV: “To be fair, my mentality and character was always the same from the moment I signed for Liverpool.

“Be ready for anything and try to help the team as much as I can when the manager gives me the opportunity.

“This time was because of the situation with Ali, so obviously we have to be ready as always.

“Everyone pushes each other. It was my opportunity tonight, and I’m really happy. Not just for the clean sheet and three points, but also for the work of all the lads.”

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Important to keep spirits high

Adrian was also questioned on his continued role behind the scenes. He added the importance of keeping spirit high desite an incredibly tough campaign.

“That is a mentality that we have to show. Everyone, not just the experienced players,” he continued.

“This season was never easy from the beginning. But we come back, we are here again, we got a great three points. Let’s recover the legs for the next one.”

Adrian is set to return to his third-string role when Chelsea visit Anfield on Thursday night.

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