Liverpool’s Adrián keen to make the most of his unexpected ascent

by Theguardian

Goalkeeper to face Chelsea in European Super Cup final in place of injured Alisson after signing in at Anfield last week

It’s not quite up there with Watford’s Gary Plumley but when Adrián takes his place in goal for Liverpool in the European Super Cup final in Istanbul on Wednesday night, he will have completed a rapid rise from training with a semi-professional team in his homeland just a few weeks ago as he tried to keep in shape.

Having run down his contract and left West Ham after six years in London, the 32-year-old goalkeeper who made more than 100 appearances for the club spent a fortnight in July at the less than salubrious surroundings of the Manuel Leonardo Ventura stadium, 30 kilometres west of Seville. Born and brought up in the Andalucian capital and having made his name with Real Betis, Adrián was keen to stay sharp and focused as his representatives sorted out his next move, even posting videos on social media of him training at the Unión Deportiva Pilas – who ply their trade in Primera Andaluza, the sixth tier of Spanish football.

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