Saturday 24 August 2019

Liverpool sign new back-up goalkeeper after departure of Simon Mignolet

Adrian in action for West Ham.
Adrian in action for West Ham.
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

European champions Liverpool have confirmed the signing of former West Ham keeper Adrian, as they look to fill the void left by the departed Simon Mignolet.

Mignolet left Liverpool on Sunday after he sat on their bench for the last time in the Community Shield match against Manchester City at Wembley, with Alisson Becker's status as the club's undisputed No.1 forcing the Belgian keeper to move on in search of regular first team football.

While Irish youngster Caoimhin Kelleher has impressed Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in recent months, his hopes of leaping into the role of Alisson's back-up keeper appear to have been dashed by Liverpool's move for Adrian.

The 32-year-old Spanish stopper will arrive at Liverpool on a free transfer after he left West Ham in June without playing a single Premier League game in his final season at the club.

He does have 125 appearances to his credit during a six-year stay with the Hammers, but lost his place to Lukasz Fabianski under manager Manuel Pellegrini last season and a parting of the ways was inevitable this summer.

His move to Liverpool will be viewed as a big step-up in his career and he could have a huge role to play in their hopes this season, with manager Klopp likely to use Adrian in domestic cup competitions in a season that will include a UEFA Super Cup clash against Chelsea next week and the World Club Cup competition in Qatar in December.

“I’m very ambitious, I come here to try to win everything, to try to push Ali from the first minute and to make us better,” he said.

“Obviously I want to win titles. I come here to fight for all the competitions. We have many competitions ahead – we’re going to fight for it and try to get them.

“I’m looking forward to playing my first game at Anfield and to win as many games as we can.”

Liverpool agreed to sell Mignolet to Club Brugge in a deal that could be worth up to £8m, with the capture of Adrian on a free transfer good business for the Anfield club.

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