Why Bogdan could be Liverpool’s secret weapon in the League Cup

The former Bolton goalkeeper had an excellent record for saving penalties at Wanderers and has already shown his potential.

Adam Bogdan’s recall to the Liverpool starting line-up may have little to do with Simon Mignolet’s recent Europa League time wasting antics, but the Hungarian could yet prove crucial to Jurgen Klopp’s team in the Capital One Cup.

Because, in bringing the former Bolton man back into the Reds’ starting line-up, Klopp and Liverpool look set to benefit from a goalkeeper with a superb record when it comes to penalty shootouts.

And after the two teams played out a 1-1 draw at Anfield back in October, there is every chance this tie could go the distance.

Not that Bogdan will be worried, having already shone during Liverpool’s penalty shootout victory over lowly Carlisle in the third round of the competition.

While the Reds may have huffed and puffed to little avail in front of goal during the 120 minutes of football played, their ‘keeper was somewhat more efficient, saving no fewer than three spot kicks in the resulting penalty shootout.

Yet, then-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers probably wasn’t that surprised – it may have been the very reason he signed the 28-year-old in the first place.

A regular starter for the Trotters during his time at the club, Bogdan made several notable penalty saves during his time at the Macron, denying both Wayne Rooney and Jordi Gomez from the spot on two separate occasions.

So should things go the distance at St Mary’s, it’s nice to know that Liverpool will be in safe hands.

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