Danny Murphy took an inadvertent dig at West Ham while remarking on reports suggesting ex-Hammers goalkeeper Adrian was set to join Liverpool.
The former Reds player was asked for his thoughts on Liverpool signing Adrian after The Independent reported they were set to sign the experienced shot-stopper following his release from the Hammers.
Murphy claimed that if you’re going to be a No.2, Adrian’s was the Hammers No.2 last season, then you should be at a club who pay you more and have a chance of winning trophies.
The pundit then quickly said no disrespect after releasing he took a slight dig at the London club.
“I thought he was unlucky as Fabianski had a great season, he really did, which surprised me how well he did,” said Murphy on talkSPORT (10:09am, Monday, August 5th).
“I think Adrian is a really good keeper and I suppose if you’re gonna be a No.2 you should be one at club who will pay you a hella lot more and win things, rather than being at West Ham.
“With no disrespect to West Ham, and keepers are a difficult one to judge as I always think you’ve got to be wanting to play.”
There’s no denying Liverpool are more likely to win trophies than the Hammers currently, after all Jurgen Klopp’s side lifted the Champions League in their latest campaign, but it still felt like a below the belt shot. Adrian left the Hammers when his contract expired earlier in the summer and you felt he did that in order to move to a club where he’d get regular playing time. However, if he moves to Anfield then clearly he’ll just be exchanging the Hammers’ bench for Liverpool’s and that just seems a little odd. The 32-year-old made only five appearances last season and managed to somehow concede eight goals, so it made sense for him to move. As for Murphy’s remarks on Fabianski, the former Swansea City goalkeeper did defy expectations last season so it’s no wonder the pundit was surprised at his form. Fabianski made a staggering 148 saves in his 2018/19 season, as per the Premier League, and that was more than any other keeper in the division.