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Adam Bogdan's Watford Nightmare: "If I Catch the First Ball There is No Second One"

Liverpool's deputy keeper found himself in the starting eleven in Simon Mignolet's wake, but his debut quickly turned to the stuff of nightmares three minutes into the match.

Not a great day.
Not a great day.
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Adam Bogdan made his Premier League debut for Liverpool on Sunday against Watford, thanks to a last minute injury sustained by regular starter Simon Mignolet. Unfortunately for Bogdan, it was an unfortunate debut marked by conceding three goals. Video review after the match showed the keeper may have had an argument to make about the validity of Watford's first goal, but Bogdan took responsibility for the goal anyway.

"I dropped the first ball which is a mistake," Bogdan explained. "I hold my hands up, but I felt I recovered the ball and he kicked it out of my hands. But if I catch the first one it's not a goal. I had both hands on the ball but we are talking about a split-second. It's not easy for the referee to see. If I catch the first ball there is no second one.

"Something went wrong, I have to think about it again. It was a mistake and I will learn from it. I felt good, it wasn't nerves. I trained hard for this chance and it started as a nightmare. I don't blame the referee or anyone else, I go back to train and work hard."

Having only previously featured in Liverpool's three League Cup wins, it was a chance for the ginger Hungarian to step up and try to achieve the goal he set for himself upon signing for the Reds: to challenge Simon Mignolet for the starting position between the sticks. On the back of Sunday's performance, it's unlikely he'll have done that, but with the extent of Mignolet's injury still unknown, Bogdan may yet have a few more opportunities over the holiday period.

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