Kelly Cates cheekily claimed that Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian might just be the most enthusiastic second-choice keeper to ever grace the Premier League.
The BBC radio presenter and daughter of Liverpool legend Kenny Daglish revealed she noticed Adrian all over Instagram after he joined the Reds and noticed that against Norwich he was fist-bumping everyone after being brought on to make his debut.
“Just another point aside on Adrian, has there ever been a more enthusiastic second-choice goalkeeper that has ever come into a Premier League club?” said Cates on BBC Radio 5 Live (20:21, Monday, August 12th).
“He was all over Instagram, in front of the wall at the training ground that has all the trophies on it, and was saying I’m here to win things.
“He came on at Anfield after Alisson was injured, he was fist-bumping everyone, he was running over to the Kop with his arms open.”
Adrian joined the Reds on a free transfer in the summer and made his debut in the 4-1 win over Norwich City after first-choice option Alisson went down injured.
It should be no surprise that Adrian is enthusiastic about playing for Liverpool, as his move to the Reds came out nowhere. The 32-year-old only played five times for West Ham last season, with none of his appearances coming in the league, and he couldn’t have possibly envisioned that he’d jump from being on the bench of a mid-table side to being on the bench of a side competing for the Premier League title. After all his tale sounds on the brink of being classed a Cinderella story. This is especially the case when you consider that Adrian could rack up a few appearances for the Reds in the coming weeks, as Alisson is set to be stuck on the sidelines. Jurgen Klopp confirmed on Liverpool’s official website on Monday that Alisson was set to be out of action for a few weeks due to a calf injury and given that Adrian is the only obvious replacement in sight, the Spaniard is sure to be called into action. Considering that the 32-year-old managed to concede eight goals in five outings last season, even though he was playing opponents like AFC Wimbledon, Liverpool should be hoping his enthusiasm improves his displays.