Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has praised the performances of Adrian since the goalkeeper’s arrival at the club this summer.
The Spanish shot-stopper was expected to provide back-up and competition for Liverpool‘s first-choice stopper, Alisson, but was quickly thrust into first-team action less than a week into his Anfield career following an injury to the Brazilian international in the season opener against Norwich.
The former West Ham ‘keeper helped the Reds to Super Cup success in his first start, and has since performed admirably during the club’s flying start to the season in Alisson’s absence.
Wijnaldum has praised the 32-year-old’s impact since his arrival, and revealed how Adrian settled quickly amongst Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
“Since the first day he settled quite well,” Wijnaldum told Liverpoolfc.com. “He speaks with everyone and he’s a good person, everyone talks with him.
“You could see that he was not shy. Normally when players come in they always look, ‘Who can I talk to?’ and everything, but he talks with everyone. Before the game, he says what he wants to say.
“Basically since the day he came in he was already one of us.”
Adrian’s performances have exceeded expectations upon his arrival, with the goalkeeper playing a key role in the club’s perfect start to the new season which includes boasting the division’s best defensive record.
Wijnaldum says Adrian has done a ‘really good job’ since standing in for the injured Alisson, and insists the goalkeeper has had a ‘big influence’ on the club’s promising start to the new campaign.
“He’s done a really good job,” he added. “If you see the kind of saves he makes, really important saves during the games.
“He also has a big influence on the results we had.”
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