Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan has sent a warning to under-pressure rival Simon Mignolet that he is unwilling to spend the season as number two at Anfield. The summer signing from Bolton Wanderers is expected to make his first appearance for the club in the Capital One Cup third round tie against Carlisle United.
Bogdan has been an unused substitute in all of the Reds' games this season since moving to Merseyside on a free transfer, but his first appearance for his new club is set to come after Mignolet's most uncertain display of the campaign. The Belgium international's error led to Russell Martin netting Norwich city's equaliser during the weekend draw that extended Liverpool's winless run to five games.
Though up against inferior opposition in the form of League Two side Carlisle, Bogdan is hoping to put in a performance in the hope of convincing manager Brendan Rodgers he can be the long-term number one for Liverpool. The 27-year-old says he "didn't sign for Liverpool to sit around on the bench" and is eager to fight for his place.
"The team hasn't been announced yet but if I get the chance to start then it will be a big night for me," Bogdan told the Liverpool Echo. "If I play then it's a chance to get a game under my belt and show what I can do. That's what we're all here for – to enjoy playing for Liverpool. I didn't sign for Liverpool to sit around on the bench or be happy being the number two 'keeper. Like everyone else, I'm here to compete for a place in the team.
"I've settled in well. All the lads have been great and all the staff have made me feel very welcome. It took a couple of weeks for me to pick up the tempo of the training and the different ways but I'm really happy.
"We train hard, not only out on the pitches, but also in the gym and with analysing footage. In the Premier League, the margins are very small so you need the best preparation possible. He keeps you on your toes and says what you need to improve."