Have Liverpool recruited a penalty specialist in Adam Bogdan?

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Many an eyebrow was raised by the arrival of Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan at Liverpool, but has Brendan Rodgers merely recruited a penalty specialist?

The signing of Hungary international Adam Bogdan from Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer represents a fine bit of business for Liverpool.

Not only is the 27-year-old a clear improvement on previous back-up goalkeeper Brad Jones, but he could realistically challenge Simon Mignolet for a starting place in the team.

The naysayers, however, have had a field day with the arrival of the Trotters stalwart, with many noting that his signing has coincided with Manchester United's completion of a deal for Memphis Depay.

More notably still, many of the anti-Liverpool brigade are keen to point to one particular Premier League clash involving Bogdan in which the Hungarian conceded from opposite number and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Yet the reality is that Brendan Rodgers has undoubtedly strengthened his squad with this latest arrival, with Bogdan boasting something of a reputation as a penalty specialist.

This status has been further showcased by Bolton, who posted videos of two highly impressive spot-kick saves from their former number one.

The first, comes against Wigan and demonstrates the 27-year-old's fine reflexes and shot-stopping skills.

Coming in the closing minutes of an important derby game, Bodgan also highlights his ability to rise to the occasion and deliver under pressure.

The other video is arguably even more intriguing to those of the Liverpool persuasion.

Coming against Manchester United, the video shows Bogdan pulling off yet another impressive penalty save, this time against Premier League opposition.

As if that wasn't enough, the penalty taker in question is none other than Wayne Rooney.

The recruitment of a tried and trusted goalkeeper with top-flight experience could be crucial to Liverpool next season.

Competing in three cup competitions next term – the League Cup, FA Cup and Europa League – Bogdan could be used in all three.

Not only does he boast more experience than the outgoing Jones, but his penalty expertise could definitely be put to good use.

Liverpool exited the Europa League on penalties last season, with Mignolet failing to save any of Besiktas' five spot kicks.

Should Bogdan be used in Europe, or in one of the two domestic cup competitions, then his skills from the spot could prove the difference between success and failure for the Reds.

With a rich history of goalkeepers who have made themselves heroes in shootouts, Bogdan could one day join the likes of Bruce Grobbelaar and Jerzy Dudek.

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