Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan has revealed that he is hoping to exit the club on loan as quickly as possible this summer as he searches for more regular first-team opportunities. The 28-year-old moved to Anfield on a free transfer in June 2015 after eight years at Bolton Wanderers, yet featured only in the Capital One Cup under Brendan Rodgers.
Successor Jurgen Klopp handed Bogdan his Premier League debut against Watford in December after first-choice stopper Simon Mignolet was ruled out with a hamstring injury, but the seemingly nervous Hungarian endured a nightmare outing at Vicarage Road and, with his very first touch, inexplicably dropped a Ben Watson corner that allowed Nathan Ake to score the first goal of a comprehensive 3-0 victory for the hosts.
After that hugely unconvincing performance, he played again just twice in 2015/16. He started alongside Liverpool's youngsters in an FA Cup third-round draw at Exeter City in January and was recalled for the final top-flight fixture of the season against West Brom as Klopp, missing chief back-up Danny Ward due to a minor knee issue, made sweeping changes to his side ahead of the Europa League final defeat to Sevilla.
Such a chronic lack of football saw Bogdan miss out on selection for his country at Euro 2016 as Hungary boss Bernd Storck instead kept faith in 40-year-old Gabor Kiraly, the ex-Crystal Palace jogging bottom enthusiast who recently became the oldest player ever to appear in the finals of a European Championship, Denes Dibusz and ex-Reds 'keeper Peter Gulacsi. The Magical Magyars surprisingly topped Group F following victory over Austria and draws with Iceland and Portugal before bowing out at the last-16 stage with a slightly harsh 4-0 drubbing by Belgium in Toulouse.
Proving his worth for Liverpool
Addressing his future in an interview with Goal Hungary, Bogdan said: "The goal is to get loaned out. I could stay but I would need incredible luck or a lot of injuries to climb the ladder. I can get out of this situation by performing well somewhere else. Then if life allows it, return to Liverpool. I need to go to prove my worth."
The Wigan Athletic target's hopes of establishing himself at Liverpool have been further hit by Klopp's decision to raid former employers Mainz and seal a £4.7m ($6.3m) deal for Loris Karius. Welsh international Ward also made a couple of appearances after being recalled from an impressive loan spell at Aberdeen and Bogdan sees little merit in him accompanying the rest of the squad for their latest pre-season International Champions Cup campaign in the United States in August.
"Mignolet and Danny Ward will get a few weeks to rest after Euro 2016 so there is a strong chance I will go to the USA training camp," he added. "My goal is to get a loan deal as soon as possible. There is not much point going to the USA after my last half-year, plus the new arrival of a goalkeeper shows that they don't count on me. I want to rebuild my good form. I want to play games weekly and get back to the national team."