Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers on expectations of Adam Bogdan and Roberto Firmino's attributes

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Brendan Rodgers has addressed reporters in Brisbane on the latest leg of Liverpool's pre-season tour.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has backed new goalkeeper Adam Bogdan to push Simon Mignolet to be the number one goalkeeper at Anfield this season.

Having signed from Championship side Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer, one would think he is just cover, and would probably not be expected to challenge the Belgian - but not so in the mind of the Reds boss.

He told reporters at a press conference covered by the Liverpool Echo in Brisbane, where the Reds continue their pre-season tour: "Adam has come in to support Mignolet. But all goalkeepers are always fighting to improve and to be No.1

"Adam has done very well for Bolton. He's got good experience of English football, he's a talented keeper and will push Simon all the way."

Bogdan is one of six signings to have arrived at the club so far this summer, with James Milner, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez, Roberto Firmino and Nathaniel Clyne also making the move to Merseyside.

The Reds boss added: "The profile of those we've brought in fit the profile of how we want to work. Plus we have players who will better for last season."

The one signing that has captured the imagination of most fans is the acquisition of Firmino from Hoffenheim, a player who seems to have a lot of potential and one who is capable of chipping in with his fair share in front of goal. 

Rodgers claims, of the players he has recruited, none are considered to be a replacement for Manchester City new boy Raheem Sterling, but has explained what attracted him to Firmino.

He said: "The flexibility of the player is important. He's got wonderful talent, wonderful touch. He can play on the sides, through the middle or in behind. He's accustomed to European football. He's a talent who wants to score."

Rodgers has also noted the amount of Premier League experience he is bringing into the club. Clyne is a highly-rated right-back after shining for Southampton in the past few years, and managed to earn himself a place in the England side in the process - while Milner has excellent pedigree and experience to be an effective cog in the Reds' midfield. 

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