Liverpool's latest signing Adam Bodgan's former goalkeeper coach discusses taming the Hungarian

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Fred Barber was Bogdan's coach for five years at Bolton Wanderers.

Liverpool's latest signing Adam Bogdan took a lot of work to become the keeper he is now, according to his former goalkeeping coach at Bolton Wanderers Fred Barber.

Barber worked with the Hungarian for five years before leaving the club in 2012. The renowned coach, who also helped develop Jussi Jaaskelainen and Ali Al-Habsi, is currently in a similar role at Crewe Alexandra. He spoke to The Bolton News this week about Bogdan, and how difficult it was to tame him:

“We had to get through a lot of hard work with Adam in the early days. It was like trying to train a wild horse.

“I’d said to Sammy Lee we’d got a goalkeeper with a bit of promise and that he needed to take a look at him. We’d evaluated him, and off the top of my head I think his club in Hungary were asking £200,000.

“But it was only once he’d signed his contract that the hard work started.

“Getting him to do things the way I wanted to do them was tough. If you don’t do it my way, it’s the highway, and Jussi and Ali used to laugh because they’d been through the same sort of thing.

“Sometimes players can come in and think football is the same all over the world; it isn’t.

"I think Adam will look back now and maybe realise what we were trying to do.”

Liverpool fans probably know what to expect from Bogdan. The Hungarian is a great shot-stopper who is unfortunately prone to the odd mistake or two.

Brendan Rodgers decided to move for the player as a cheap and experienced cover for number one Simon Mignolet. The Belgian, who had his own struggles last season, came good toward the end of the campaign despite being dropped at the turn of the year.

The man who replaced him, Brad Jones, was released by Liverpool this summer and now Bogdan looks set to take his place as the permanent number two at Anfield.

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