Krisztian Adorjan speaks to

A former Liverpool youth product, Krisztian Adorjan made the move to join the English giants at just 16 back in 2009 and was held in high regard not only by the fans, but also by the management in Merseyside.

Playing behind the striker in his favoured Number 10 role, Krisztian provided 18 assists in 23 games in his second season in the youth academy and a year later played for the Liverpool first team on their pre-season tour of the USA.

In 2013 at the age of 20 he joined Groningen in the Eredivise on a season long loan featuring in 19 league games, scoring 3 goals and providing 1 assist.

Though the Dutch club’s fans were hopeful of a permanent move in the summer of 2014, after seeing huge potential in his play, Krisztian permanently joined Novara in Italy’s third tier.

Krisztian’s first two seasons in Italy turned out to be really frustrating as injuries severely hampered his progress, but we are starting to see the real Krisztian Adorjan again.

Now in Serie B, Krisztian has featured in 7 of Novara’s 8 games in the league this season, and has provided a goal, an assist, and produced two man of the match performances.

His good form hasn’t gone unnoticed by Hungarian national team coach Bernd Storck either who invited the now 23 year old to a training camp last month. Adorjan was unable to make the camp because of club commitments but as long as his form continues and he continues to progress, it won’t be long until this former wonderkid will be in Storck’s squad for good.

Krisztian Adorjan kindly spoke to Tomasz Mortimer this week and answered some fan questions too:

How old were you when you started playing football and how did you get into it?

I started to play football when I was 7 years old. I always played it in school, and one day my Mum saw a flyer in the gym about a kid’s football club. She took me there to see if i would enjoy it. I did.


How did the opportunity come about to join Liverpool and what did it mean to you to join such a huge club?

The opportunity came when I was 16 years old. Liverpool started to watch me at my old Hungarian club MTK. They invited me for a trial two times in two years, and then when I turned 16, they told me that they would like me to join them. I was very happy, that I could join such a big club at such a young age.


Was it difficult to leave your family behind for a new country?

Yes it was extremely difficult, especially in the first 6 months. I lived with house parents that I didn’t even know, I didn’t speak the language. It was really hard at times.


Do you think your style of play hampered your progression in England?

I progressed a lot while I was in England. After the first 6 months, I found everything easier. I adopted to the english football style, I got a lot stronger, quicker. I progressed a lot more then I could have imagined. I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to go to Liverpool at a young age.


How hard was it to eventually leave Liverpool behind?

It wasn’t hard, because I saw that I wouldn’t have a regular opportunity to play in the first team. And that is what I needed to keep progressing, to play week in week out. So I took the decision to leave Liverpool.


Why did you choose Italy and did you have offers from anywhere else?

Yes. I had other offers from a lot of different places. I chose Italy because I felt that this was going to be the best option for me going forward. It is hard to say why exactly I chose Italy. I had a good feeling about it.


Was moving back to Hungary ever an option?

It has never come to my mind to move back. I would like to continue playing abroad.


How would you describe your time at Novara so far and do you feel Italian football is suited to your style of play?

The first 2 years were extremely difficult for me. The whole first year I struggled with a muscle injury that kept me out. The second season I was healthy again. The Ex-coach’s idea about football was very different to the way I play. So I didn’t get opportunities to play. But I have worked really hard during training, to be in good shape, and to be ready for my opportunity. This season I have a coach whose idea about football fits my style. I am happy that I get more and more opportunity again, and that I can enjoy football.


Fan questions


Are you disappointed you never got a greater opportunity at Liverpool? – @willchandlerr (Will Chandler)

Not really. I think in most cases young players have to leave big clubs to continue their football education and to build their careers. I trained with the first team a lot and went on pre-season tour with them. I would have liked to play for the first team but I think that everybody knows how hard it is to progress at a big English club. You know that when they spend big money on a player that he will play. Maybe a different coach would have seen me and given me a chance but that’s football. There are many factors that you, as a player, can not control.


How do you reflect on your time at Groningen? – @JopS85 (Merjin Slagter)

It was a great experience, I enjoyed it a lot. I played about 20 games, and it helped me to grow. It is a very good league for young players in my opinion.


What was your rapport like with the Groningen fans? – @JongsmaJongsma (Michiel Jongsma)

It was really good. They were always supportive with the team and with me. I can only say nice things about the fans in Groningen.


Did you have trouble settling in properly at Groningen and was there a reason you didn’t get a permanent move there? – @JongsmaJongsma (Michiel Jongsma)

I enjoyed my time in Holland. I still look for Groningen’s result every weekend. The truth is that I had a preference to play in Italy or Spain. I knew that a move to Holland could be an easier route to first division football but I was prepared to go to Italy and build my career, even if it meant starting in a lower division. I can’t fault anyone at Groningen. They were good to me and I wish them well.


Did you wish you stayed in Hungary and played 100 or 200 games before going abroad. Or do you think you got a better education abroad? – @Bentextv (John Spandli)

I think it is different for everyone. In my case I got better education abroad, and I am very happy that it happened the way it did. This was the best possible path for me. For other players it might be the other one.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? What goals do you want to have achieved in this time? – @Bentextv (John Spandli)

I would like to concentrate on enjoying football all the time. If I can do that, the things that are supposed to happen will happen. This is my main goal.


Do you think Hungarian football and the MLSZ are doing the right things in helping to improve the game? – @magyarlegiosok (Janos Muller)

Yes I think, it is really good that they are doing a lot for Hungarian football. I hope it is going to continue this way.


Why do you think Hungarian football has struggled to create world stars in recent years? – @magyarlegiosok (Janos Muller)

I think Hungary showed in the Euros that they are bringing through some good players. I am looking forward to getting involved with the national team when the time is right. In terms of ”world stars”, I am not sure anybody controls that. I do not think Messi, Maradona or even Puskas were the result of any particular coach. These players just happen once or twice in every generation. Where they are from is sometimes irrelevant.