Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian said his penalty heroics in the UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea capped off a “crazy week” with the Premier League club.

The 32-year-old, who was a free agent after being released by West Ham at the end of last season, joined the Reds just 10 days ago as a replacement for Simon Mignolet.

Despite signing to be a back-up to first-choice stopper Alisson, the Spaniard has already made two appearances for his new club due to an injury to Brazilian.

After coming off the bench against Norwich last Friday, Adrian made his first start in Istanbul and made himself the hero by saving Tammy Abraham’s decisive spot-kick as Liverpool beat league rivals Chelsea on penalties.

Adrian was making his first start for Liverpool

“Welcome to Liverpool!” he told BT Sport after producing the crucial save. “It was a crazy week.

“I’m really happy for the team, really happy to get that trophy and to play here at Liverpool.

“I’m really happy for the fans, because they enjoyed the night.

“It was a long game, but in the end it was a great finish for us.”

Adrian celebrates with his Liverpool team-mates

The two sides had to be separated by penalties after the match ended 2-2 after 120 minutes.

Chelsea started the game the stronger team and Jurgen Klopp’s side had to come from behind after Olivier Giroud put the Blues ahead in the first half.

But Sadio Mane, making his first start of the new campaign, levelled things up just after the half-time break before putting the Champions League winners ahead early in extra time.

That lead didn’t last long though as Frank Lampard’s side were awarded a controversial penalty a few minutes later when Adrian appeared to bring down Tammy Abraham in the area, with VAR verifying the decision.

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Jorginho converted from the spot but the Spanish goalkeeper made up for it in the shootout, saving Abraham’s crucial penalty to secure a fourth Super Cup triumph for the club.

“He [Adrian] kept his nerves,” said Liverpool boss Klopp after the game.

“He is really loud in the dressing room already.

“It’s so good for him. I don’t think he’s won a lot in his life, so I’m really happy for him.”



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