Report: Liverpool set to sell Bogdan to Wigan, bring in Manninger instead

Liverpool's Adam Bogdan looks dejected after Watford's Odion Ighalo scores their third goal

The Hungary international goalkeeper's Anfield career looks to be over, with the Reds looking to sign a 39-year-old as his replacement.

Liverpool's Adam Bogdan looks dejectedLiverpool's Adam Bogdan looks dejected

Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan is poised to complete a transfer to Wigan Athletic, ending his short spell on Merseyside, according to reports from ESPN.

And the report goes on to say that once the former Bolton Wanderers man departs, it will open up a space in Jurgen Klopp's squad for ex Arsenal and Juventus stopper Alex Manninger.

Hungarian Bogdan struggled to ever really impress at Anfield, making just six appearances despite expecting to be solid backup to Simon Mignolet. 

Liverpool's Simon MignoletLiverpool's Simon Mignolet

The 28-year-old still managed to record a couple of big errors in what was only a handful of games, firstly during a 3-0 league loss against Watford and then in a shock 2-2 draw with Exeter City, conceding straight from a corner from Lee Holmes.

But does the signing of Manninger, a 39-year-old, make sense?

FC Augsburg's Alex Manninger during trainingFC Augsburg's Alex Manninger during training

Well, in lots of ways it does. Klopp has already brought in genuine competition for Mignolet this summer, signing Loris Karius from Mainz, so whether it's Bogdan or Manninger, they are very much relegated to the third spot in the Reds squad.

Manninger has had plenty of experience throughout Europe since making his professional debut all the way back in 1995. Despite the length of his career, he has just club 300 appearances to his name, often willing to play back up at clubs such as Arsenal and Juventus - where he was for four years.

It suggests an ability to be of value to squads, as well as a willingness to be the team player. 

Liverpool will certainly be hoping that they are never in a situation where their third choice goalkeeper is playing for an extended period of time, but if they are, it looks like Klopp is confident Manninger will be a more experienced and safer pair of hands than the younger Bogdan, who will surely be eager to get a run of games and form under his felt at the DW Stadium.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp looks on during the warm upLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp

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