Liverpool’s reserve goalkeeper Adrian has revealed that James Milner handed him the Super Cup trophy to take home for the night after his penalty shoot-out heroics against Chelsea.
With Alisson injured, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp gave Adrian the nod ahead for the showpiece, which took place in Turkey last August.
The former West Ham stopper repaid him in style, making crucial saves during the game before denying Tammy Abraham in the shoot out to seal a historic win for Liverpool.
And as he had played such a vital role in winning the trophy, which was the first of his career, Milner told Adrian to take it home to revel in his achievement.
“James [Milner] told me to take the trophy with me for the night,” Adrian recalled in an interview with the BBC.
“It took me several seconds to realise he really meant it. Who better than me, he said. So I agreed.”
Adrian’s brother and a close friend, the only people close to him who were able to come, were waiting in the hotel upstairs.
“Getting into the room with the Super Cup, my first title. Their faces. Awesome,” he added.
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Adrian felt certain sections of the Spanish media believe he was over the hill when he signed for Liverpool on a free transfer last summer.
But the 33-year-old says he was determined to prove them wrong and resolved to do his talking on the football pitch.
“It was a moment I was hungrily waiting for. Not so soon, though,” he admitted.
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