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Liverpool goalkeeper ‘verbally agrees’ to return to boyhood club

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian is expected join in Former club Real Betis where his contract expires this month.

The Reds, who have Caoimhin Kelleher on the books as Alisson Becker’s understudy, have opted not to renew Adrian’s contract for the 2024/25 season and he will officially leave the club at the end of June when his current contract expires.

The 37-year-old has long been linked with a return to Spain towards the end of his career, and it looks like he will be reunited with his boyhood club.

Fabrizio Romano reports that there is a ‘verbal agreement’ in place with Betis over a return to southern Spain, with only ‘legal steps’ to follow before a deal can be announced in July.

Adrian, who was born and raised in Seville where Betis are based, spent 14 years in Los Verdiblancos youth and reserve teams before finally breaking through in the 2012/13 campaign. After just one season in the first team, he was sold to West Ham United and his 11-year stay in English football.

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Adrian returns to Betis / Denis Doyle/GettyImages

After working as an apprentice under Jussi Jaaskelainen, Adrian became West Ham’s first choice goalkeeper soon after signing, but was replaced by Lukasz Fabianski in the following years.

Adrian’s West Ham contract expired in 2019 and he joined Liverpool on a free transfer that summer. He was dropped immediately after Alisson picked up an injury on the first day of the Premier League season. In his second game for the Reds, Adrian won the first trophy of his career, doing well as Liverpool beat Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup on penalties.

Adrian will leave Liverpool after playing 26 games over five years, winning five trophies during that time.


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