There was not an overwhelmingly positive reaction on Friday to the news that Liverpool had made their third signing of the summer window, which was fairly predictable given the nature of the deal and the name involved. After securing free transfers for James Milner and Danny Ings--one that will likely end up costing Liverpool much, much more than free--the club continued their efforts to strengthen without much in the way of spending up front with an agreement to bring in goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.
The signing of Bogdan is not one that's expected to bring much in the way of fanfare with it, and that was the case as reactions ranged from lukewarm to wholly negative. Backup goalkeepers don't tend to engender much in the way of sentiment one way or the other, but with Liverpool's window already underwhelming for some, the announcement of the Bogdan deal was another opportunity to wail.
Not so for the player, who took time to commend the support at his former club and speak of his excitement at the chance to move to Liverpool in an open letter on the Bolton website yesterday afternoon:
I would like to say thank you to Bolton Wanderers for giving me the opportunity to fulfil my dream and become a professional football player in England. It was eight years ago when I first came to the club and I feel Bolton have helped make me the player I am today. I have to say a thank you to all of my coaches during my time at the club, as every one of them has contributed something towards my game. A huge thank you also goes to the fans. I have fond memories of you all and it makes it really hard to leave the football club.
However, I have been given a fantastic chance in my life to join Liverpool Football Club and I would like to make the most of this opportunity. I'm looking forward to the next chapter of my career, but I will never forget the time I have spent at Bolton.
I wish everyone associated with the club all the very best.
Not anything that's cause for mass celebrations, but a nice touch from a player who spent most of the last eight years of his career in Greater Manchester. The move to Merseyside is clearly a significant one for him, and hopefully one that proves to be successful as well.