Adam Bogdan has warned Simon Mignolet that he is ready to step up as Liverpool's first choice goalkeeper, especially if Jurgen Klopp hands the former Bolton Wanderers custodian a chance in the Capital One Cup quarter final against Southampton on Wednesday night (2 December).
Bogdan has just made two appearances for the Reds since his summer move, both coming in the league cup. Mignolet has been the preferred choice for both Klopp and former boss Brendan Rodgers in both the Premier League and the Europa League.
However, recent reports in Spain suggest the German gaffer is looking at both Barcelona second-choice goalie Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Manchester United outcast Victor Valdes as possible January signings.
Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar sparked speculation recently, saying that a replacement for the Belgium international is expected to be Klopp's main priority as he seeks to rebuild the Anfield outfit. The former Borussia Dortmund supremo is understood to be keen on a keeper who can shape the game from the back.
"I think he is looking at [buying a replacement for Mignolet]," Grobelaar told Talksport. "There are a couple of goalkeepers in the German league that he is looking at so I can see that might be one of his first signings."
Even so, Bogdan is confident he can take advantage of any chance given in the minor cup competitions to show Klopp he has the solution right at home.
"Everyone would like to play," Bogdan said to the club's official website ahead of the trip to the Saints. "I am the same and would like to play week in, week out – but what I can do is to train well and by doing so, get an opportunity and then try to take it by playing well, and then let the manager decide. I have to keep training hard and trying to improve.
"I wouldn't be here if I didn't believe I could do that and that's why I am putting a lot of effort into training, in the gym and everywhere. The main thing is when you have an opportunity, you have to take it – you need to concentrate and need to play well. Most of the players are in the same shoes as everyone wants to play and represent Liverpool – and I am the same."
The 28-year-old custodian, nevertheless, is unsure whether Klopp will hand him the opportunity at St Mary's.
"The team hasn't been announced yet, so we don't know who is going to play but obviously I would like to play and carry on the way I have before. We'll find out," he said.
"For me so far this season, the Capital One Cup has been my only opportunity to play for Liverpool so for that reason, for me it's vital to progress into the next round to get another chance if the manager decides to give me another game. The last two games were really good – a great experience and fantastic memories – so I hope it continues."