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Jurgen Klopp has likened Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian to boxing icon Rocky Balboa after the Spaniard became an instant hero by saving the decisive spot-kick against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final.
After the match finished 2-2 following 120 minutes of action in Istanbul, Adrian made the only penalty save as he denied Tammy Abraham and gifted the Reds another trophy.
It caps off a big few days for the former West Ham keeper, who has suddenly become Liverpool’s number one shot-stopper following an injury to Alisson.
Stepping up on the big stage when his side needed him most, Klopp compared Adrian to Rocky as he belted out the keeper’s name as it was famously done in the movie.
“What a story. Adrian! Like Rocky after he lost against Apollo Creed,” Klopp told BT Sport post-match.
“He’s really loud in the dressing room already. The Spanish emotions come through.
“It’s so nice for him, I don’t think he’s won a lot in his life, so it’s so nice to win a big one and be an important part in the game as well.
“Both goalkeepers had incredible saves.”