Adrian sends message to Alisson as he completes Liverpool transfer

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Adrian joins Liverpool on a free transfer this summer (Picture: Liverpool FC)

Liverpool new boy Adrian has promised to push Alisson ‘from the first minute’ after completing a move to Anfield.

The 32-year-old goalkeeper rejected a new contract at West Ham last season and joins the Reds on a free transfer following Simon Mignolet’s departure.

Adrian brings a wealth of Premier League experience to Jurgen Klopp’s squad, making 125 appearances for the Hammers in the English top flight before losing his place to Lukasz Fabianski last season.

Liverpool were keen to keep hold of Mignolet at the start of the summer, but the Belgium international has been allowed to join Club Brugge.

The Merseyside giants quickly identified Adrian as their top target to replace Mignolet and the Spaniard is raring to go with his new club.

‘I’m feeling really happy; really happy to be here and to work in this great club and start doing my stuff on the pitch as soon as possible,’ he told Liverpool’s official website.

‘I’m very ambitious, I come here to try to win everything, to try to push Ali from the first minute and to make us better.

‘Obviously I want to win titles. I come here to fight for all the competitions. We have many competitions ahead – we’re going to fight for it and try to get them.

‘I’m looking forward to playing my first game at Anfield and to win as many games as we can.’

Mignolet will complete a move to Club Brugge (Picture: Getty)

Though Klopp did not want Mignolet to leave Liverpool, he has thanked the Belgian for his six-year service to the club.

‘If you were to ask me to write a list of the most standout professionals I’ve worked with in the game – in a career of well over 30 years – Simon Mignolet would be competing for the number one spot,’ the German said.

‘The respect he commands in our dressing room is unrivalled. An outstanding athlete, an outstanding person, and an international-class ‘keeper.

‘The truth is I don’t want Simon to leave – why would I? He’s a ‘keeper good enough to start for all the teams in the Premier League.

‘But this is a little like the situation we faced with Lucas Leiva a few seasons ago now. Sometimes you have someone whose contribution to the club means you have to consider their welfare also. Simon is such a person.

Klopp hailed ‘standout professional’ Mignolet following his move to Club Brugge (Picture: Getty)

‘The service he has given this club during his time here means I cannot ignore an opportunity for him that will impact so positively on his future. I think what he has done for LFC means he earns the right to do something that helps him in this moment.

‘Brugge are so lucky to have him. The shape he is in – the quality he has – he could play 10 years for this team if both want that.

‘I will always be grateful for everything Simon has done for me and the staff while we have been here and I know his teammates will miss him also.

‘But we say farewell and good luck with a host of happy memories and we tell him the best seats in the house are available to him and his family whenever they want to come back to Anfield in the future.’

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