Last season, backup goalkeeper Adrian was key to Liverpool winning their first title of the Premier League era and first league title in three decades. This year, though, he has fallen to third goalkeeper on the depth chart.
With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, the expectation is that he will move on shortly, perhaps returning to Real Betis after nine years in England—an option the player seems open and willing to talk about.
“I still have a lot of football left,” the 34-year-old goalkeeper told Cadena SER when asked about a potential return to the club he grew up at. “I have been away for nine years and it would be nice to come back, why lie?
“In December the coach decided another player should be ahead of me, now I have to work to fix it. My contract is running out and the club they told me that they are happy with me, but you have think things over as well.”
Adrian’s role at the start of the 2019-20 season filling in for an injured Alisson Becker as the Reds began their march to the title played a major role in that success, but a year on a parting of ways would seem to suit everyone.
For now, though, Adrian says he’s focused on the present, working in case he’s needed before the end of the season—and hopeful he’ll get so watch a comeback by his teammates against Real Madrid on Wednesday.
“Of course there is faith,” Adrian noted. “We have overcome worse at Anfield. It is true everything is in favour of Real Madrid, but we are going to try. I think we will give a much better performance than in Madrid.”