An elated Liverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp, has compared the team’s goalkeeper, Adrian, to boxing icon, Rocky Balboa, following the heroics the Spaniard pulled by saving the decisive spot-kick against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday.
Klopp made this reference during a post-match conference with journalists at Istanbul, Turkey.
"What a story. Adrian! Like Rocky after he lost against Apollo Creed," Klopp told BT Sport post-match.
"He's really loud in the dressing room already. The Spanish emotions come through.
"It's so nice for him, I don't think he's won a lot in his life, so it's so nice to win a big one and be an important part in the game as well. Both goalkeepers had incredible saves."
After 120 minutes of action in Istanbul, the match finished in a 2-2. Liverpool’s second choice goalkeeper, who was signed from West Ham in August 2019, made an instant impact, making the only penalty save of the game and denying Chelsea's Tammy Abraham. The save was indeed crucial, as it meant another trophy for the Reds.
Adrian got the nod in the UEFA Super Cup final because Liverpool's number one shot-stopper, Alisson Becker, pulled up a slight injury in their opening Premier League fixture against Norwich on Friday. Adrian rose to the occasion when his side needed him most.