Liverpool’s Welsh keeper Danny Ward has provided the biggest hint yet about his future not being at the newly promoted club. The 23-year-old was hopeful of returning to the side for more first-team football after a brilliant season which saw the side make it to the Premier League after a playoff win over Reading.
Ward was one of the stars in the match as he saved John Obita’s penalty and took the Terriers to the top flight for the first time in 45 years.
The Welshman posted a photo of Twitter stating that the club will have a special place in his heart.
— Danny Ward (@dan_ward52) June 14, 2017
Ward also added a note in the picture which stated:
“The last 11 months I’ve been with you terriers may have been a roller coaster but it was also a heffing dream! What we have all done together as a club is the unthinkable! Every single one of you players, staff and fans will hold a special place in my heart forever regardless of what the future holds. A truly special club and a town like no other! Thank for what’s been an amazing season.”
Jurgen Klopp hinted earlier that he didn’t want the Welshman to move away on loan next season and if that’s the case, Ward would be the third choice keeper for us behind Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius. With Alex Manninger also announcing his retirement from football, we do need backup, given the number of games we have ahead of us next season.
Frankly, it would be great if Ward moved away and played regularly for Huddersfield in the Premier League next season and gained some valuable experience.
The best that Ward can expect ahead of next season is to play some of the League Cup and FA Cup games, should we make it far and not lose the plot like we did this time around.
The 23-year-old certainly had a great season with the Terriers last season and would hope that he can at least pressurise Karius into becoming the second choice behind Mignolet.
Ward does have the ability to make it to the top and if he continues his growth, he can be one of the few British keepers we have had in the past decade or so. There still is a long way to go for the Welshman but hopefully, Klopp can let him have a crack between the sticks next season in the big games too.
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