Liverpool news: Reds have West Ham star Aaron Cresswell to thank for signing Adrian | Football | Sport
Liverpool have West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell to thank for the signing of Adrian, the goalkeeper has revealed.
The defender who was born in the city, spent his youth career playing for Tranmere Rovers before going on to play 70 times for the first team.
It was there where he became friends with Liverpool goalkeeper coach John Achterberg, who played in goal for the Merseyside club between 1998 and 2009.
And now Adrian has paid tribute to his former left-back Cresswell, for helping him seal the switch to Liverpool.
The West Ham defender gave Achterberg an impressive character review upon request before handing over his mobile number.
“I didn’t know that at the time but after I signed he told me,” Adrian told the Daily Telegraph.
“So thank you, ‘Cress’, because he had a good word for me!”
The Spaniard was snapped up after Simon Mignolet completed a switch to Club Brugge following the penalty shootout defeat to Manchester City in the Community Shield.
Adrian has started each of the last seven Premier League matches, after replacing the injured Alisson on the opening day of the Premier League season against Norwich.
The Brazilian is expected to regain his spot for the trip to Old Trafford this Sunday, something Adrian is already prepared for.
Georginio Wijnaldum recently hailed the 32-year-old, for the way he has ensured this Liverpool team did not suffer in Alisson’s absence.
“Since the first day he settled quite well,” Wijnaldum told Liverpool’s website.
“He speaks with everyone and he’s a good person, everyone talks with him.
“You could see that he was not shy. Normally when players come in they always look, ‘Who can I talk to?’ and everything, but he talks with everyone.
“Before the game, he says what he wants to say.
“Basically since the day he came in he was already one of us.”