Unlikely Liverpool hero Adrian says there are more trophies to come for the Reds – because of their uncompromising defence.
In his first week with the club, the former West Ham keeper lifted the Super Cup, and revealed afterwards the joy of a first ever trophy made him sleep with the silverware!
Now, after finally getting a taste for honours in the twilight of a 15 year career, the Spaniard is greedy for more, and says the best defence he’s ever played with will deliver them.
“It’s really easy to play with them in front of you because they were the best defenders in the Premier League (last season) and we have one of the best defenders in the world,” he said.
“Honestly, they defend everything like animals! For me as a goalkeeper, they make easy decisions. They help me a lot.”
Adrian was a picture of happiness in Istanbul, revelling in the occasion after his penalty save in the shoot out won the trophy.
It was the first time he has ever lifted a major honour, and he could be seen afterwards centre stage in the celebrations. That, he says, is what the game is all about…and led to a surprise conclusion to the evening.
“We are playing football to live these kind of moments, great moments,” he added to the Liverpool website.
“Obviously, like life, you can have good and bad moments in your career. But you need to enjoy these kinds of moments with your family, best friends, with fans, with the teammates.
“After just one week, I played in the Super Cup and got this great feeling. I felt full of happiness in myself.
“I was having dinner with the guys after the game and I spoke with Millie and he said, ‘OK, do you want to take the trophy with you?’ I said, ‘I will sleep with her, I’m more than happy to sleep with her!’.”
Adrian also had another revelation after his incredible first few weeks at Anfield…where he also produced a howler at Southampton in only his third game.
He has faced Liverpool’s front three before at West Ham, and admitted he’d much rather be behind them. There has been suggestions in the past of a rivalry between Salah and Mane…but he says that’s nonsense.
“I’m really happy for them because they are doing really well, they have a great connection between them. They are good players individually, but they are good friends in the dressing room also and you can see that feeling on the pitch.
“I played against them many times, so now I play with them and I’m enjoying how they play from behind.”