Jurgen Klopp switched to Rocky Balboa mode after his new goalkeeper Adrian became the hero of the Liverpool Super Cup win over Chelsea.
Istanbul is already a special place for the Reds after their impressive victory in the Champions League against AC Milan in 2005. Again, the Turkish city hosted a continental success for the Anfield giants.
Olivier Giroud put Chelsea ahead in the first half, with Sadio Mane equalizing in extra time. Mane scored again before Adrian Tammy brought Abraham into the box and Jorginho scored the 2-2.
Just like 14 years ago against Milan, it was a punishment when Adrian wrote his name into folklore in a club he had joined only at the beginning of last week.
"What a story – Adrian !!!!!!!!! Like Rocky! "Klopp told BT Sport and referred to the movie released in 1977, when the outsider fighter shouts to his girlfriend Adrian after 15 laps with heavyweight champion Apollo Creed.
The former West Ham goalkeeper got his first Liverpool start in the Super Cup due to a calf injury to Alisson Becker, and the Spaniard denied Abraham a 5: 4 penalty win.
"I do not know where he was two weeks ago when we played against Manchester City," Klopp said at the post-match press conference, referring to the defeat at the Reds & # 39; Community Shield.
"When I spoke to him for the first time, it was clear he would take time to get fit. But he has to be fit now and he is.
"He had an incredible game and both goalkeepers saved sensationally, but with Adrian it's a bit more surprising because it was virtually unprepared."
"I do not know when he played his last game for West Ham, it was incredible that he was ready.
"He has already shown me that he is a good person in the locker room as well – he was perhaps louder than me at halftime. He was really busy and that helps us.
"To save the penalty is the icing on the cake. I've seen that he even had time to grab his towel before he celebrated, so he's obviously fast in the head! He helped us a lot and can really be proud of what he did tonight. "
The victory was not without controversy, as pictures showed the goalkeeper of his line before he saved Abraham's penalty.
The topic that did not come up in the press conference after the game. Klopp was impressed with the performance of referee Stephanie Frappart, who became the first female official to lead a major UEFA men's competition.
"I said after the match with the referee team that we would have won 6-0 if we had played the way they had whistled," said the Red.
"You have done a brilliant game. I also said that I am not satisfied with the decision, because I'm still not sure, but it does not matter anymore.
"They were good, they were really good. There was pressure on them like hell. It was an historic moment and they remained true to themselves, staying calm and doing what they had to do in a very difficult and intense game.
"I could not have more respect, to be honest, it was a really great achievement."
In the meantime, Chelsea colleague Frank Lampard told Abraham not to worry after his missed penalty proved the difference.
"I was there and missed the penalties. Anyone can do that, "said Lampard.
"I want the self-confidence of a young player to be awakened and to do that. I said I should not worry. He will come back stronger.
"It's an integral part of being a player at the highest level, as Tammy is now. These moments are coming.
"We have to support him very much. His teammates were, I'm sure. That's football. "
The 4-0 loss to Manchester United on Sunday was a huge loss, but recently named coach Lampard continued to be optimistic.
"My overall feel is the pride of the team's performance and luck," he said.
"I do not like losing, I'm a terrible loser like you should be at Chelsea, we wanted to win, but we were very unhappy today.
"I'm proud of the players and if that's a sign of what we can do today, then we can get better this season and it's a really good sign."