Adam Bogdan holds hands up to costly error in Liverpool defeat

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Adam Bogdan had a disastrous start to his Liverpool league debut as the Reds went down 3-0 to Watford.

Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan has held his hands up to his costly error that set the tone for a dreadful afternoon for the Reds as they lost 3-0 to Watford at Vicarage Road.

Bogdan was handed his Premier League debut after a hamstring injury suffered by Simon Mignolet, only to drop a corner kick in front of Nathan Ake, who handed the Hornets an early lead.

Though it has been suggested that it should have been a free kick for kicking the ball out of his hands, Bogdan admitted it was 'split-second' stuff.

He told the official Liverpool website: “I dropped the ball, of course. There’s a mistake there. After that, I felt my hand was on the ball and I was going to bring it out.

“Obviously he knocked it out of my hand – but we are talking about split-seconds. Through the bodies, of course it’s hard to see. I’m not blaming anybody but myself to drop the first ball.”

Liverpool fans were hoping that Bogdan would shine in goal after Mignolet came under fire last weekend in the 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion for failing to deal with a corner himself.

Within a couple of minutes it felt as if his opportunity had been blown. There was another error later on in the first half when he opted to punch the ball instead of catching it, which almost resulted in Watford striking again.

The parallels between the errors that were made by Bogdan and Mignolet were uncanny, and there are surely issues that need to be addressed by the coaching staff in the coming weeks as they try and turn their league form around and continue to progress in the cups. 

Of course, Bogdan wasn't the only Liverpool player to make errors as nearly every individual offered a poor contribution to the worst performance of Jurgen Klopp's tenure thus far.

The goalkeeper added: “The only thing you can do is go back to the training ground and work really hard, like we’ve been doing, and then correct these mistakes. Hopefully these mistakes will go away and we can start winning games."

The Reds will be hoping these don't turn out to be hollow words and that some real improvement is seen in the coming games, starting with league leaders Leicester City on Boxing Day.

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