Before today, Liverpool signed teenage starlets like Sepp Van den Berg and Harvey Elliott in this summer transfer window.
Now, the Reds have secured their third signing of the summer but this time, an experienced man has secured his move to Anfield.
Liverpool have officially agreed the signing of Spanish international and former West Ham shot stopper Adrian on a free transfer.
We still have Karius on our books but the German flop is going to spend his second season on loan with Besiktas.
Earlier in the day, the Merseysiders confirmed the departure of Belgian star Simon Mignolet (LFC), who was the second choice goal keeper for us in the last campaign. Adrian is his direct replacement as confirmed by Jurgen Klopp (LFC):
“I think this is the perfect solution for us in this moment, replacing talent and experience like for like. With Ali and Simon, I felt like we had two ‘No.1s’ and in many ways we have repeated that with Adrian. This is important.”
“He is a ‘keeper who knows the Premier League, who has played in pressure situations and has the highest quality.”
The 32-year-old Spaniard has got ample experience in England. He has played 125 times in the Premier League for West Ham.
Adrian moved to the Hammers from La Liga club Real Betis back in 2013 and arguably, his best season with the London based club was the 2015-16 campaign in which he featured in 32 league games, conceded 39 goals and kept 9 clean sheets to help the club finish 7th in the table.
The top performances earned him a place in the senior Spanish national squad (BBC) to face Belgium and Liechtenstein in September 2016. Unfortunately, Adrian was an unused substitute in both the games and he is yet to make his debut for the La Roja.
After that, Darren Randolph, Joe Hart and Fabianski were the first choice goalies for West Ham in the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 campaigns respectively.
Adrian only made five cup appearances in the last campaign, was released in the summer and now, he is a lucky man to join the European champions.