Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg has admitted that the Premier League leaders had to transform Adrian’s style of play after signing the veteran goalkeeper from West Ham United in the summer, speaking to the Liverpool Echo.
Few would have thought when Adrian’s West Ham contract came to an end in July that he would be lifting a major European trophy above his head just weeks later, having denied Chelsea in a thrilling penalty shoot out.
It is fair to say the 32-year-old has been a huge hit at Anfield and not just because of his virtuoso performance in the Super Cup final.
Adrian conceded just six goals in eight Premier League games in the absence of Alisson Becker and his stunning reaction stop to deny Dries Mertens against Napoli was one of the greatest pieces of goalkeeping you’ll see all season.
The former Real Betis glovesman has had a few mishaps with the ball at his feet however, gifting Danny Ings a goal against Southampton in August, but has still deserves credit for adapting to a new sweeper-keeper role having played a far more traditional role between the sticks at a more direct West Ham side.
"Everything he has done so far has been really good, we have not been able to complain much at all. It's a different style of play, with West Ham he had to kick the ball long 90 per cent of the time, but we ask him to be calm on the ball and play out from the back,” Achterberg said.
"To be fair, he has picked it up really quickly. He has adapted fast, even though he had a lot of experience playing in the Premier League.”
The stats highlight how far Adrian has come. He has a 74 per cent pass completion rate at Liverpool, up from 42 per cent in his final season at West Ham,
Unfortunately, his time as Liverpool’s number one looks to be fleeting at best with Alisson set to make his return after the international break.
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