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West Ham wanted to keep Istanbul hero Adrian

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian has had an unforgettable last two weeks.

A free agent after being released by West Ham at the end of last season, the 32-year old Spaniard was signed in the last week of the transfer window by the Anfield as cover after they allowed Simon Mignolet to join Club Brugge.

Expecting a long stay on the bench as understudy to regular keeper Alisson, Adrian was unexpectedly pressed into action midway through the first half of Liverpool’s opening Premier League fixture against Norwich City.

He helped his side to victory that night, and achieved instant hero status on Wednesday night in Istanbul when his save from Tammy Abraham in the penalty shout-out gave Liverpool victory in the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea.

Now it has been revealed that West Ham wanted to keep the man who was forced to train with a semi-professional club in his native Spain to maintain his fitness.

Speaking ahead of West Ham’s trip to Brighton on Saturday, their manager Manuel Pellegrini said “For different reasons he couldn’t find an arrangement to continue here. We wanted him here because not only is he a good goalkeeper but he is a good player for the squad.

“He signed for Liverpool and put in a very good performance and I’m happy for him.”

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