Adrian is a veteran of the Premier League, so he knows how much a domestic cup can buoy a team. He also knows the pure joy that comes with winning a Merseyside derby, having already done it once last month. With Klopp vowing to rotate out his squad, it’s likely that we’ll see Adrian once again facing down the Blues between the sticks on Sunday.
“Personally, my position is really hard because just one goalkeeper can play and the others have to support,” Adrian admitted. “In the beginning I had my opportunity when Ali had bad luck with the injury, but I showed I was ready. Ali came back to play and I was waiting for my next opportunity. Now we start in a new competition, the FA Cup, so I will give my best to show the manager I can help the team if I am selected. Not just in the dressing room or on the bench, but when he gives me an opportunity I can also help on the pitch.”
On the Magic of the FA Cup (TM), Adrian said, “Everyone involved in English football knows about the history of the FA Cup and the importance of the competition. It is a totally different competition. It’s not Premier League, it’s not League Cup and it’s not European competition, it is the FA Cup, so everyone – all the teams in England – have the opportunity to play, to show how good they are.”
And regarding their opponents: “Now it’s our round and it’s the best game we have because it is the next one – and it is against a big rival, so we need to be ready 100 per cent for Sunday because Everton will come to Anfield to try to win the game.”
Liverpool haven’t won the FA Cup since the Gerrard Final in 2006, and this year seems like the one that’s breaking those kinds of miserable winless streaks, so hopefully Liverpool can push on in this competition and add another trophy to their case come May.