Liverpool prepare for first-teamer departure after Klopp makes decision
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Adam Bogdan has been axed from Liverpool’s Europa League squad in a clear sign that he is headed for the Anfield exit.
The Hungarian was dropped by Jurgen Klopp in favour of rookie Danny Ward, who was recently recalled from a loan spell at Aberdeen.
Bogdan’s demotion is further evidence that he likely to leave Liverpool in the summer after failing to impress in his five first-team appearances this season.
Liverpool take on Augsburg in the last 32 of the Europa League, with the first leg due to take place in Germany on 18 February.
Football Insider revealed in mid January that the Merseysiders were ready to sell Bogdan following high-profile blunders against Watford and Exeter.
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A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that the club will listen to offers in the summer for Bogdan, who joined on a free transfer from Bolton last summer.
Mignolet recently signed a lucrative new contract but Klopp is targeting a proven keeper who can compete with the Belgian for the No1 spot.
It will mean that Bogdan is surplus to requirements at Anfield and will be free to find a new club.
The 6ft 4in keeper has made five appearances for Liverpool this season, four of them in the cup competitions, but has looked ill at when dealing with crosses.
Exeter scored direct from a corner against Bogdan and Watford profited from a horrible mistake, also from a corner, when they beat the Merseysiders 3-0 before Christmas.
In other Liverpool news, top January target Alex Teixeira is set to join the mega-rich Chinese club Jiangsu Suning.
Liverpool’s full squad for the Europa League knock-out rounds is:
Simon Mignolet, Danny Ward, Nathaniel Clyne, Steven Caulker, Kolo Toure, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Emre Can, Joe Allen, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi, Joao Teixeira, Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke