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Adrian says Liverpool are now “like a rock” as Reds chase Premier League history

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 13:05, 24 September 2019

Adrian has praised the rock-solid connection between those with Liverpool’s best interest in mind following their 2-1 victory over Chelsea.

The 32-year-old Spanish goalkeeper has been standing in for Alisson ever since the newly crowned ‘Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper’ sustained a serious calf injury 39 minutes into the Reds’ opening-day win over Norwich City.

How has Adrian fared at Liverpool? Five things to know…

  • Adrian has made a total of eight appearances in all competitions to date.
  • He was Liverpool’s penalty shootout hero in the Uefa Super Cup win against Chelsea.
  • He has made impressive stops to deny Dries Mertens, in the 2-0 loss to Napoli, and Tammy Abraham during the Premier League win over Chelsea…
  • …and with Adrian in the team, Liverpool have won six consecutive Premier League matches.
  • Though he has kept just one clean sheet in eight attempts overall and, domestically, has recorded a save percentage (64.3%) just below the divisional average for regularly starting* ‘keepers (66.6&).

*Minimum of three starts in 2019/20

Since then Adrian kept goal across five Premier League outings, as well as their Champions League opener away to Napoli and the Uefa Super Cup final against Chelsea, whilst managing to produce just one clean sheet.

That said, Jurgen Klopp’s men are yet to lose a domestic game, winning them all including a recent narrow success at Stamford Bridge. And being the new boy, having joined as a free agent in the summer, Adrian feels it’s all down to a united mentality.

“We are a team, we win together and we lose together,” he said.

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“The other night in the Champions League against Napoli we lost, I don’t think we deserved to have that result and it was really hard for us, but we recover well. We are back in the Premier League and back to winning.

“It’s always important to have a good connection between all of the players, also the fans, the crowd, the manager, the staff – everyone.

“We are like a rock now and we are together. We are enjoying this moment but we need to keep looking forward for more points.”

Liverpool next play MK Dons in the League Cup before returning to Premier League action against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Win on Saturday, and the Reds will be two matches from equalling the Premier League record for consecutive victories. Currently, that record belongs to their main title rivals, Manchester City.