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Keeper Adrian stars in Reds’ Super Cup win

By AAP Newswire

Back-up goalkeeper Adrian admits his first week at Liverpool has been a crazy one after helping the Reds win the Super Cup with a save in the 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Chelsea.

The former West Ham stopper found himself without a club after leaving the London Stadium but Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp brought him to Anfield as a reserve to Alison Becker.

But when the Brazilian was injured during the 4-1 win over Norwich, Adrian came in and then started the Super Cup match against Chelsea in Istanbul.

He ended picking up a winner's medal after saving Tammy Abraham's spot-kick in the game which finished 2-2 following extra time.

"Welcome to Liverpool. It was a crazy week," Adrian told BT Sport.

Adrian praised his team-mates, adding: "With them, it's so easy to play at the back.

"I'm really happy to play for Liverpool and really happy for their fans."

Adrian revealed he had tried to pull out of the challenge on Abraham which led to the penalty for Chelsea's second equaliser during extra time.

"I tried to stop when I saw him. I touched him but he was looking for that."

The game had gone to extra time after a Sadio Mane double had cancelled out Olivier Giroud's opener for Chelsea before Jorginho's penalty took it to a shootout.

Klopp and captain Jordan Henderson both praised the part played by Adrian.

"It's so nice for him," said Klopp. "I don't think he won a lot in his life so to win this big one is so nice for him."

The Liverpool manager paused his TV interview to call out the keeper's name and referenced a scene from the hit film Rocky.

Klopp shouted: "Adrian! It's like in Rocky."

Henderson added: "I'm delighted for Adrian who's just come into the club and he's the hero."