From #2 at the London Stadium to Super Cup hero—just how good has he been for Jürgen Klopp’s team?
By José Díaz
After the departure of Liverpool’s ex-number 22, Simon Mignolet, the team found itself without a backup for Alisson Becker. Less than a week after West Ham’s ex-goalkeeper ended his contract, Jürgen Klopp took the opportunity of signing Adrian. Just four days after being signed he saw himself debuting for the team after a horrific injury left Alisson out of contention for several months. After 11 Premier League Games, 3 Champions League games, and 3 FA Cup games, how good has the Spaniard been for the reds?
Head to Head: Adrian v Mignolet
Before Adrian’s arrival at Anfield, our backup keeper was none other than Simon Mignolet. The Belgium international saw his last appearance in the league on the 17/18 season against Burnley. That season he helped the team win 10 games and drew 7, with 7 of those being clean sheets. While losing 2 out of 19 games is quite good, Adrian has had a perfect record on the Premier League thus far, having won every single game he’s featured in while taking 2 clean sheets and never conceding more than one goal on almost every game, with the 5-2 win against Everton being the only time he conceded more. Even though he made several mistakes throughout some games, never once did he lose in the league.
Super Cup Glory
Out of all the games he has played for the Reds, one of the games where he shined the most was the 2019 Super Cup final where he managed to make the decisive save that won the Reds the trophy after the game was sent to penalties.
Sadly, the Super Cup and Premier League heroics can’t overshadow the dreadful mistake that cost us the Champions League against Atletico Madrid. After the tie was sent to extra-time it seemed like Liverpool had won it after a wonderful goal from Bobby Firmino, but just minutes after Adrian accidentally passed the ball to Joao Felix who then assisted a goal for Llorente. Not only this but their final goal, which settled the game, was given to them by a mistake from the keeper.
Keep or Sell?
Now the big question is, should we keep Adrian as our backup? There’s also the option of using Loris Karius, who just returned from a two-year loan spell in Besiktas, or sell both and seek for a new keeper. As previously mentioned, in this 19/20 season Adrian managed to keep a perfect record on the Premier League, conceding 10 goals in 11 games, while Karius conceded 29 goals out of the 25 games he played in the Süper Lig, and 46 goals in 32 games in all competitions.
While it seems like Karius has conceded more this season, it must also be taken to account how he has played more games. Stat-wise, Adrian concedes 1.03 goals per game and gets a clean sheet 18% of the time, while Karius concedes 1.04 goals per game and gets a clean sheet 32% of the time. It must also be taken to account that Liverpool’s number 13 isn’t the only one who has committed foul errors in the Champions League. Back in the 17/18 Champions League final, Karius committed two errors that lead to the Reds losing 3-1.
Taking into account both of the player’s ages, Karius is 6 years younger and has more time to improve compared to Adrian. At the same time, Adrian has had more experience in the game than Karius had, and he’s proven he has what it takes to be our number 2 in the league. Despite his UCL mistakes, it must be said that he has been a decent signing who has assisted the team big time by helping us win 11 league games and the Super Cup.
Transfer Rating: 6.5/10