What Liverpool hero Adrian has said about Tammy Abraham and Chelsea’s controversial penalty

Liverpool new signing Adrian has opened up on a frantic full debut for the Reds in the UEFA Super Cup, which heavily involved Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.

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The 21-year-old was the unfortunate Chelsea player to miss a key penalty in the shootout defeat to Liverpool, with Adrian making the save with his legs as the Reds prevailed 5-4, after a close-fought contest between the two Premier League rivals.

Olivier Giroud had opened the scoring for Chelsea in the first half, but two Sadio Mane goals had Liverpool 2-1 up in extra-time, only for a controversial moment to play out to allow the Blues to take it to penalties.

Abraham was adjudged to have been brought down by Adrian, with Jorginho dispatching the spot-kick to make it 2-2. VAR looked at the incident and didn’t overrule the on-field decision despite some pundits saying it was hard to tell whether or not there was contact between the goalkeeper and striker.

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However, Adrian admitted post-match that he did make contact with Abraham, though the former West Ham United goalkeeper added that he thought Abraham was ‘looking for’ the penalty.

“To be fair I tried to stop. The attacker was intelligent. He was looking for that, Adrian told BT Sport.

“I think I touched him and he touched me. It doesn’t matter. We need to enjoy tonight,” Adrian told BT Sport.

Adrian saves a penalty from Tammy Abraham during the UEFA Super Cup Final fixture between Liverpool and Chelsea at Vodafone Park on August 14, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Adrian was soon the hero though as Liverpool won the shootout thanks to Abraham’s missed penalty.

The Spaniard added: “Welcome to Liverpool. It was a crazy week.