Veteran goalkeeper Adrian turned down a new contract with West Ham prior to signing for Liverpool, according to a report from Football.London.
The Spanish stopper has been in the headlines this week after saving the penalty that sealed the Reds’ UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea on Wednesday night, but it is understood that the Hammers did not want to ket him go in the first place.
Manuel Pellegrini was keen on the 32-year-old staying to fight for the number one jersey alongside Lukasz Fabianski, but Adrian decided instead to look for first team football elsewhere.
This is a bit of a strange one, this. You can understand Adrian leaving to seek first team football, especially as his career begins to enter its twilight years, but the fact that he has ended up at Liverpool seems to go against logic. How could turn do a battle with Fabianski, only to open one up with Alisson Becker instead? As it turns out, Adrian has got his shot at Anfield, but that was through luck more than anything else. To be fair, he has made good on his chance so far, and has written his own little footnote in Kop history with his decisive penalty save in Istanbul, but you would have to assume that his run in the first team will only last as long as his Brazilian teammate his sidelined through injury. After that, the 32-year-old is going to be back to square one in his hunt for regular first team action.