Merseyside Insider: Bogdan gets Brendan out of a pickle, Naismith’s starting claim and a gaffer moves stateside

What’s been happening in the world of football on Merseyside this week? Jennifer Atherton gives us the scoop….

Bogdan saves boss Brendan’s bacon

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Summer signing Adam Bogdan spoke before Liverpool’s Capital One Cup tie against Carlisle on Wednesday, stating his desire to be the Reds’ first choice in goal, and reminding fans that he didn’t sign for the club to sit on the bench. The tie turned out to be Bogdan’s chance to show Brendan Rodgers and the fans what he is capable of; his fantastic display in the penalty shoot-out, saving three of Carlisle’s penalties, ensured Liverpool’s passage into the next round, and the keeper is now the man everyone is talking about. With constant rumours regarding how safe Rodgers‘ job is, Bogdan may have just eased some pressure from his manager for now!


Hat-trick heroics not enough for Naismith

It seems a while since Steven Naismith scored his hat-trick against current Premier League champions Chelsea; however, the Scottish attacker was the topic of conversation for many last week. Replacing Mo Besic early in the first half due to injury, no one expected Naismith to quite make the impact he did. A fantastic performance – one of his best in an Everton shirt – has got Evertonians discussing once again whether their number 14 should be starting for the Blues. Despite his brilliant display, however, some fans still aren’t convinced he should be starting. In a poll by the Liverpool Echo before Everton’s clash against Swansea, fans were asked to pick their preferred starting 11, with the majority opting for Aaron Lennon over their hat-trick hero.


Liverpool Ladies manager moves on

Liverpool Ladies boss Matt Beard has announced he will be leaving Liverpool at the end of the season. Beard, who has won two league titles since joining the Reds in 2012, feels the time is now right to move on, stating that he feels ready for a new challenge, following 11 years managing various ladies’ teams in England. “The decision to leave Liverpool Ladies is one that I have thought a great deal about and was a really tough decision to make,” said Beard. He will join Boston Breakers in the USA’s National Women’s Soccer League. Good luck, Matt!


Blues survive scare to keep cup hopes alive

Everton are gaining a habit of making Capital Cup games tough for themselves. Fans had their hearts in their mouth again on Tuesday night, when the Blues made a late comeback to beat Championship side Reading 2-1. With five changes from the previous weekend’s tie against Swansea, Roberto Martinez’s men have so far scraped through the competition. Luckily, Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu made sure Everton went safely through to the Round of 16, where they’ll face Premier League side Norwich at Goodison Park.


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