August 5, 2019 / 12:07 PM / 20 days ago

Liverpool sign goalkeeper Adrian

FILE PHOTO: West Ham United's goalkeeper Adrian celebrates after scoring the winning penalty in a shoot out against Everton during their FA Cup third round replay soccer match at Upton Park in London January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville

(Reuters) - Liverpool have signed former West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian on a free transfer following the departure of Simon Mignolet to Belgian side Club Bruges, the Premier League club said on Monday.

Mignolet was part of the Liverpool squad that claimed the Champions League crown last season and the 31-year-old ends a six-year spell at Anfield in which he made more than 200 appearances in all competitions.

The 32-year-old Adrian, who left West Ham at the end of last season, will compete with first-choice keeper Alisson for a starting spot.

"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, Spaniard Adrian said in a statement here on the club's website.

“Obviously, I want to win titles. I come here to fight for all the competitions... I’m looking forward to playing my first game at Anfield and to win as many games as we can.”

After 22 appearances in all competitions during the 2017-18 campaign, Mignolet was restricted to two games last season having fallen behind Brazilian Alisson in the pecking order.

Bruges announced here on Sunday that the Belgium international agreed a five-year deal, while British media said the transfer fee was about 7 million pounds ($8.51 million).

Mignolet began his career at Belgian side STVV and switched to Sunderland in 2010 before joining Liverpool three years later.

Liverpool begin the new league campaign with a home match against promoted Norwich City on Friday.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge and Ed Osmond

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