Liverpool reserve goalkeeper Adrian was the hero on Wednesday night as the Reds beat Chelsea 5-4 on penalties to lift the UEFA Super Cup.
The Spaniard, who made the move to Anfield only last week, saved Tammy Abraham’s penalty in the shootout after the showdown ended 2-2 after extra time.
A new rule introduced for the 2019-20 season is that goalkeepers must have at least part of one foot on or in line with the goal-line when a penalty kick is taken
Fans have claimed that Adrian had both feet off line as Abraham stepped up to take spot-kick
Liverpool reserve goalkeeper Adrian was the hero on Wednesday night against Chelsea
A new rule introduced for the 2019-20 season is that goalkeepers must have at least part of one foot on or in line with the goal-line when a penalty kick is taken.
Fans have claimed that Adrian had both feet off his line as Abraham stepped up to take the Blues’ fifth spot-kick and in which case the Video Assistant Referee should have been consulted.
Another fan wrote: ‘Clearly, both Adrian’s feet were off the line when Tammy’s penalty was taken… Penalty should’ve been retaken and Adrian should’ve been booked… VAR IS A FARCE!!!’
UEFA chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti has revealed that the briefing given to officials before the Super Cup clash was to only penalise goalkeepers if their actions were a ‘blatant and clear violation’ of the rule.
Abraham was dejected after he saw his penalty saved to give Liverpool the win in Turkey
Adrian said following the victory: ‘It is really difficult to be on the line because we need a step forward to push but in the end we need to wait until he strikes.
‘I knew his [Abraham’s] strong side is my left, so I tried to go there and save with my right foot.’
The new rule was a talking point at the Women’s World Cup in France this summer after VAR checks led to the re-taking of several penalties after ruling keepers did not have at least part of one foot on the goalline.
In the Premier League, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited made the decision that checking whether goalkeepers have moved off their line will be left to on-field officials rather than VAR.
Adrian celebrates with the Super Cup following the Reds’ penalty shootout win over Chelsea
Liverpool came from behind to add the Super Cup to their Champions League triumph in June.
Sadio Mane cancelled out Olivier Giroud’s opener before putting Liverpool ahead in extra-time. Jorginho equalised for the Blues to take the final to penalties.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp hailed Adrian following his heroics, he said: ‘What a story, ADRIAN! Like Rocky after he lost against Apollo Creed I think.
‘He kept his nerves. He is really loud in the dressing room already. It’s so good for him. I don’t think he’s won a lot in his life, so I’m really happy for him.’