Liverpool sounded out a rival Premier League player over a key transfer which has already paid dividends.
Adrian was the hero of Liverpool’s UEFA Super Cup triumph, saving the final spot-kick of a nailbiting penalty shootout against Chelsea .
The 32-year-old’s short time at Anfield so far has been something of a rollercoaster ride, with a howler against Southampton following hot on the heels of his heroics in Istanbul.
But after Simon Mignolet left Liverpool to join Club Brugge, the signing of Adrian has been crucial.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have not only won their first silverware of the season, but have also started their title challenge with a 100% record and sit top of the embryonic Premier League table ahead of Saturday’s visit of second-placed Arsenal.
Liverpool have their goalkeeping coach John Achterberg to thank for the signing of Adrian – but also West Ham and England left-back Aaron Cresswell, according to The Athletic .
Achterberg was coming to the end of his playing career at Tranmere Rovers when Cresswell started his professional career at Prenton Park 11 years ago.
And the coach contacted Cresswell to get the lowdown on Adrian, whose contract at West Ham ended this summer.
It was Cresswell who gave Achterberg the phone number to contact Adrian, who with Alisson out injured is currently Liverpool’s first-choice available keeper.
Klopp also has Andy Lonergan, who has signed a year-long contract, and youngster Caiomhin Kelleher at his disposal – although the latter has recently been recovering from a broken wrist.
And who knows, had it not been for Achterberg’s contacts, Cresswell’s help and Adrian’s heroics, Liverpool’s season could be looking very different right now.