Liverpool have reached the pinnacle of football in the last 12 months: Jürgen Klopp’s side have lifted the Champions League, been crowned world champions and have recently secured the Premier League title in record time. As a result the club haven’t made any significant additions in the last year. One of the club’s few signings, Adrian, has said he may retire at Liverpool.
Backup in the limelight
Adrian has enjoyed much more game time this season than he would have been anticipating when he joined the Reds last summer.
The Spaniard was signed on a free as backup to Alisson Becker but was quickly thrust into the first team due to a sequence of absences on the number one’s behalf.
The ex-West Ham keeper starred in the Super Cup victory over Chelsea and ended up holding his own in the net for the first two months of the Premier League season.
Why leave paradise?
Speaking to Mundo Deportivo in Spain, Adrian said he could retire at Liverpool, praising Jürgen Klopp along the way. He told the outlet:
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“[Klopp is] the team manager and he’s one of a kind, he makes you feel very close to all players. He is so normal, so human. Respect is not bought; it is earned little by little and that is why people trust him fully.
“I’m 33 and I hope to stay here much longer. Goalkeepers can endure more than an outfield player… A year ago, I was without a contract. You have to enjoy this and live in the moment, but why not [retire at Liverpool]?”
Will he get his wish?
This is a tough one to call. Whilst Adrian may want to retire at Liverpool he may not get his wish due to a few costly errors in key games. For instance the keeper cost the Reds their Champions League defence with some sloppy passing against Atletico Madrid. He is also too often beaten from outside the area.
There have been some dubious rumours suggesting Michael Edwards is looking at bringing in Turkish prodigy Ugurcan Cakir to the club to deputise for Alisson, although we aren’t sure how much we believe these rumours.
The Spaniard could benefit from the impact of the global health crisis. Jürgen Klopp has all but confirmed that there won’t be any significant outlay this summer, meaning that Adrian may not be pushed down the pecking order any time soon.