Adam Bogdan is not a fan favourite with Liverpool supporters but the Hungarian has had a difficult season with injury and Jason Harris looks at his future with the club.
Luck has not been on the side of Adam Bogdan over the last three years. After being one of Bolton Wanderers’ mainstays for a number of seasons displacing club icon Jussi Jaaskelainen along the way, the Hungarian lost his number one jersey to Andy Lonergan in the 2014/15 season and struggled to reclaim it. A career lifeline came through Brendan Rodgers when he signed Bogdan on a free transfer to be competition for Simon Mignolet.
It was a move that bewildered a number of supporters as Mignolet was not flying high with confidence after a substandard season. In that case, you would want a deputy who would be able to push him all the way, not someone who is dealing with form issues of his own.
Bogdan played a couple of Capital One Cup games, including the famous 6-1 demolition of Southampton in December 2015. A few weeks later he made his Premier League debut for the club against Watford after Mignolet was ruled out with a hamstring injury.
The less said about his performance in that game the better, as he looked a bag of nerves from the first whistle, dropping a corner kick allowing the Hornets to score in the first few minutes and it went quickly downhill from there. Mignolet took back the gloves for the next league clash and the Hungarian was relegated to domestic duties once again, which included another howler against Exeter in the third round FA Cup clash. He played in the final league clash of the 2015/6 season, a 1-1 draw against West Brom.
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Injury hits at an inopportune time for Bogdan
After the signing of German Loris Karius in the summer, Bogdan was sent out on loan to Championship side Wigan, but sadly for both parties, it was a miserable season as Wigan were relegated to the third tier of English Football. The 29-year-old played 17 times for the club, only for him to rupture a cruciate ligament in a clash against Barnsley in November.
In the games he did play, he kept six clean sheets and conceded 19 goals in all. Ironically, he had replaced Jaaskelainen between the sticks for the second time in their careers.
As is the case with goalkeepers who are not of the highest standard, Bogdan had a hot and cold spell with the Latics. He produced a howler in a 2-1 defeat against Norwich but made some vital saves in other fixtures.
He had some issues coming to grips with the game style of then manager Gary Caldwell who wanted his keeper to play the ball out from the back. Anyone who is familiar with Bogdan’s game knows that it is not a strength of the goalkeeper.
Adam Bogdan has certainly played his last game for Liverpool. While Mignolet still has his off-days and Karius has still a bit to prove, Danny Ward has emerged as a third option when he returns to the club after his highly productive season at the Championship play-off finalists Huddersfield.
If Ward goes on loan to another club or stays at the Terriers for another season, it remains highly likely that Jürgen Klopp will look elsewhere for a challenge for Mignolet and Karius. Wherever the Hungarian ends up next, let’s hope he can have an injury-free run.