Adrian left West Ham on a free transfer in the summer and proceeded to link up with Liverpool, and Reds goalkeeping coach John Achterberg absolutely raved about the Spaniard, when speaking to the Liverpool Echo.
The 32-year-old was somewhat of a cult hero in east London. And many Hammers fans were sad to see the experienced stopper leave.
Adrian has really impressed since joining Liverpool. He has started seven of the Reds’ eight Premier League games thus far. And it seems as though he has already been tasked with evolving the manner in which he plays.
Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg told the Liverpool Echo how it was important for the Spaniard to change his game when he moved to Anfield after leaving West Ham:
“Everything he has done so far has been really good, we have not been able to complain much at all. It’s a different style of play, with West Ham he had to kick the ball long 90 per cent of the time, but we ask him to be calm on the ball and play out from the back. To be fair, he has picked it up really quickly. He has adapted fast, even though he had a lot of experience playing in the Premier League.”
It is a huge credit to Adrian as a player that he has been able to change his playing style so dramatically at the age of 32.
The Spaniard was a top class goalkeeper at West Ham. He has undoubtedly reached even higher levels at Liverpool, however.