Liverpool have made a terrific start to the season. The Reds have lifted the Super Cup and won every single one of their Premier League games. On the first day of their domestic campaign, Liverpool were struck with an injury to Alisson Becker. The Brazilian goalkeeper hasn’t played for Jürgen Klopp since he picked up the calf problem in August. Funnily enough, if it wasn’t for Liverpool’s Merseyside neighbours, Tranmere Rovers, the Reds wouldn’t have been able to start the season as strongly as they have.

Tranmere Rovers have played a pivotal role in Liverpool's start to the season.

Tranmere Rovers have played a pivotal role in Liverpool’s start to the season. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

When Alisson Becker picked up his injury against Norwich, Liverpool were forced to make Adrian their new number 1. The Spaniard arrived at Anfield on a free transfer over the summer. Since being thrust into the starting 11, the former West Ham United keeper has been in fine form, he has pulled off some match winning saves and kept a cool head when faced with the monumental task of deputising for Alisson.

Tranmere Rovers played a key part in the Reds’ move for Adrian. According to an interview that Adrian gave to The Telegraph, it was Aaron Cresswell that recommended the goalkeeper to Liverpool. The West Ham United full back gave the shot stopper a glowing review as he passed on his phone number to Jürgen Klopp’s goalkeeping coach, John Achterberg. Cresswell had previously worked with the Reds coach at Tranmere Rovers. Without the link made at the Birkenhead club, Liverpool wouldn’t have had such a strong start to the season.

Adrian has proved to be an excellent signing for Jürgen Klopp and Kopites will feel secure in the knowledge that an injury to Alisson is no longer a doomsday prospect, Liverpool have a safe pair of gloves to rely on thanks to Tranmere Rovers.

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