‘What the f***’ – Liverpool star shocked team-mate with response to beating Man Utd

Adam Bogdan of Liverpool celebrates after saving a penalty from Danny Grainger of Carlisle United during a penalty shoot out in the Capital One Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Carlisle United at Anfield on September 23, 2015 in Liverpool, England
Adam Bogdan celebrating saving a penalty during a penalty shoot out in the League Cup against Carlisle United in 2015 -Credit:Getty Images

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan has lifted the lid on what it's like to play for a top Premier League team like The Reds.

The Hungarian international joined Liverpool in July 2015 on a free transfer from Bolton Wanderers and made just two appearances for the Merseyside outfit between 2015-2019. Now, he's revealed the intense demands faced by professional footballers at a club with the stature of Liverpool.

In an exclusive interview with Ladbrokes Fanzone, Bogdan shared his experiences behind the scenes at Liverpool, describing the level of commitment required as "frightening". He said: "I joined up with the team (Liverpool) in that summer, and I just realised, you know, these guys deserved everything. The amount of hours you need to put in, and what was considered normal at Liverpool, was frightening."

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Bogdan also recalled a memorable moment following a victory over arch-rivals Manchester United. He said (via The Mirror): "I can remember one weekend, we'd just beaten Manchester United, and then the next day, Simon Mignolet was back in the gym. I can remember just thinking 'what the f***, man, we've just beaten Man United!' That attitude wasn't unique, like it might have been at a smaller club. You're just one of the guys, because that's how everyone thinks at a club like Liverpool. You're expected to win every game."

The Hungarian goalkeeper, who joined The Reds on a free transfer from Bolton Wanderers, revealed that players at the highest level cannot go out or enjoy a normal social life. Bogdan said: "These guys put in a lot of effort. With that comes so much physical strain, and so you need a lot of mental strength, too, to stay at that level. You know, you can't go out. You can't go out for dinner in Liverpool, or in Manchester, or anything like that. What you can do is live in a nice house, drive to training, train a lot, spend so much time with physios, in recoveries, you watch what you eat, you watch what you drink, you go home and then you come back and do it again."

Bogdan also reflected on his challenging Premier League debut for Liverpool, where an error contributed to a 3-0 loss against Watford at Vicarage Road. Speaking to Ladbrokes Fanzone, he highlighted the relentless pressure at a top-flight club. "If you win a game against Liverpool, when you're playing at a club like Bolton, that's huge, you know. But for Liverpool, it's just a normal game. You need to win all the games. It's just this intense cycle of staying at the top of the game, doing it all again and again, with hardly any days off. It's not easy at all, especially when things aren't going right. Particularly nowadays."

Adam Bogdan in Liverpool training
Adam Bogdan in Liverpool training -Credit:Getty

The former Bolton player, who amassed over 100 appearances for the club, also opened up about the impact of media scrutiny and social media on players' mental health. "Players feel it enough themselves, when things are going wrong. But then you hear and read all of these things in the news and on social media. And if you try to block it out, then your mum will see it, or your friend sees it, and it comes back to you."

Bogdan, who had a loan spell at Wigan Athletic during the 201617 season, making 17 appearances at the DW Stadium, has also represented Hungary internationally, earning 20 caps, played for Hibernian, and last season was with Hungarian team Ferencvaros.

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