By James Miller – @JimmyMiller2608
After a quick turnaround, Liverpool will now enter the 2019/20 season with former West Ham shot-stopper Adrian as second choice, instead of Simon Mignolet.
In the wake of the Belgian’s return to his homeland with Club Brugge, the Reds have moved quickly to ensure that Alisson is provided with adequate backup for the new season.
Off the back of representing the club for six years, Mignolet now moves on to pastures new, opening up a new chapter for the incoming Adrian. The Spaniard signed for the club on the same day as his counterparts departure, having been released from the London club.
In addition to great ability, Adrian will bring a wealth of experience to the club, already having made more than 100 appearances in the Premier League. He also holds a respectable 35 clean sheets in the division, having loitered around mid-table for much of his time in England to date.
Born in Seville, Adrian actually spent the much part of his youth career with Real Betis, other than a couple of loan spells elsewhere. In 2013, he was rewarded for his hard work in Spain with a move to the Premier League, under the management of Sam Allardyce.
The addition of the 32-year-old could prove to be shrewd business for Jürgen Klopp and his staff, having offloaded the highly respected Mignolet, the former Hammer is definitely a suitable replacement and also brings in a £7 million profit for the club.
During his successful spell in East London, Adrian proved himself to be a reliable and flexible option in goal, cementing himself as first choice for the majority of his time at the club. Following the arrival of Lukasz Fabianski – arguably one of the most under-appreciated goalkeepers in the Premier League era – his level of competition certainly rose.
After failing to agree terms on a new deal, he was allowed to leave the club upon the expiry of his contract, meaning the Reds were able to secure his signature without cost of a transfer.
Earlier in the window, young academy graduate Kamil Grabara was shipped out on loan to Championship side Huddersfield Town, leaving limited options should Alisson be unavailable for any reason.
Now having moved swiftly, all parties appear to be happy moving into the new season, as Mignolet’s desire to find more minutes slowly increased. It was said last season that the former Sunderland man felt he was deserving of more first team game time, but professionalism saw him stay true to the club and his support for his teammates remained clear.
Joining the club, Adrian will most definitely be aware of the major task he faces in attempting to uproot possibly the best goalkeeper in world football at present, as Alisson continuous to impress across all competitions.
His maturity, mixed with his high playing level will definitely be welcome at the club and inside the dressing room. And considering he cost nothing, it promises to be a shrewd addition.