Liverpool should take encouragement from Adam Bogdan's comments, they need a good number two

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Adam Bogdan has said he didn't come to Liverpool to sit on the bench, but has been Simon Mignolet's deputy so far.

When Adam Bogdan walked through the door at Melwood after signing for Liverpool on a free transfer from Bolton Wanderers, it was clear that he was an upgrade on the last goalkeeper to deputise for Simon Mignolet in Brad Jones - who, incidentally, is currently warming the bench at Bradford City.

But given that we have seen Mignolet make both a costly error and sublime save in the 1-1 draw against Norwich City, it's confirmation that you never know what you're going to get from the Belgian. Therefore, a drop off in form, as seen towards the middle part of last season, could well be around the corner.

Yes, from when he regained his place in the side he was part of a solid-looking defensive unit for the best part of two months, but there is still uncertainty surrounding Mignolet. He can make that one error that is so costly, and that one error could be the catalyst for his form to decline at an alarming rate. 

That's why the Reds need a number two who is prepared to push Mignolet, and judging by comments made in the Liverpool Echo, Bogdan is ready to be the man to step in if such an unfortunate situation should arise.

He said: “I didn’t sign for Liverpool to sit around on the bench or be happy being the No 2 keeper.

“Like everyone else, I’m here to compete for a place in the team.”

There will be the inevitable question as to whether the Hungary international is good enough to be the man to start between the posts going forward, but we will only know when he makes an appearance for the club. The likeliest opportunities for him seem to be in cup competitions, should he get the opportunity in the near future. 

If he is seen to be solid, reliable and in tune with the defenders ahead of him, then there is a chance that he could be real rival to Mignolet - who he has defended over his error in Sunday's game. But instead of being just a deputy, a rival for a starting place is in order for the Reds. Only time will tell if Bogdan becomes just that. 

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