Adrian admits things have been “crazy” after going from a free agent to helping Liverpool win the UEFA Super Cup in the space of 10 days.
Earlier this month, Adrian was still without a club after West Ham United decided to release him after six seasons.
Following Simon Mignolet’s exit for Club Brugge, however, Liverpool signed up the 32-year-old on August 5 for free as a back-up goalkeeper for number one Alisson Becker. Although he quickly bumped up the pecking order in light of the Brazilian’s calf injury.
Therefore, Adrian made his full debut for the Reds on Wednesday’s Super Cup showdown with Chelsea.
Things didn’t exactly get off to the best of starts, though, as he gave away a late penalty. The referee controversially awarded Chelsea the spot-kick after Adrian fouled Tammy Abraham with the slightest touch.
While the Spaniard was unable to deny Jorginho scoring to put the scoreline back at 2-2, he made amends in the shootout by denying Abraham to seal a 5-4 victory.
“Welcome to Liverpool! It has been a crazy week,” Adrian told BT Sport. “I am happy for the team, with them it is easy.
“I am happy to win the trophy. I am really happy for the fans. It was a long game but in the end, it was a great finish.”
On the referee’s decision to award Chelsea a penalty for his foul on Abraham, Adrian added: “I tried to stop when I saw him. The striker is intelligent.
“I touched him but he was looking for it. I told the referee I tried to stop but it doesn’t matter.
“We got the title and have to enjoy tonight.”
Meanwhile, Reds captain Jordan Henderson spoke on the team’s struggles in the game amid the difficult conditions in Istanbul, Turkey.
After going a goal down due to Olivier Giroud’s first-half opener, Liverpool bounced back to take the lead, thanks to Sadio Mane’s brace, before Jorginho’s late penalty took the match into a shoot-out.
“It was tough. It is humid here – you can’t tell on the TV,” said Henderson.
“It was tough with extra time – a lot of the lads were struggling. We were trying to keep the ball and get a breather but it was a bit sloppy.
“Chelsea are a good side and this is not a great way for them to lose, like we did in the Community Shield. I’m delighted for Adrian, who is the hero tonight.
“We’ve got a big game on Saturday [against Southampton] so I’m delighted. We want to win as many trophies as possible.
“We’ll take the trophy back and enjoy it, but we’ve got to focus on recovery for a big game on Saturday.
“We didn’t play particularly well but we kept grinding in tough conditions, kept going. It’s another trophy for us and it’s important to keep winning. Hopefully, we can continue this run of form now.”