Liverpool boss Klopp to watch over 23-yr-old in pre-season before deciding transfer status

Danny Ward will reportedly return to Liverpool for pre-season training before his future is discussed. 

The goalkeeper spent 2016/17 on loan with Huddersfield Town, helping David Wagner’s men to an unexpected promotion.

Indeed, Ward saved crucial penalties in shoot-out victories during the Championship play-offs, against Sheffield Wednesday in the semi-finals and against Reading in the final.

After the latter game, Wagner – a good friend of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp – confirmed his interest in a further move for the Wales international this summer.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Ward is set to link-up with Klopp’s squad before any call is made.

Ward will be present for the start of pre-season, but either a loan or permanent switch to Huddersfield remain possible options.

Danny Ward was forced into just one save and two punches in the Championship play-off final.

How did Liverpool’s first-team goalkeepers perform this season?

Simon Mignolet – After losing his place in the Autumn, the Belgian ultimately cemented his place as the first-choice stopper by playing in 28 Premier League games. He improved as the campaign wore on, keeping five clean sheets in the final six matches.

Loris Karius – Brought in to much fanfare last summer, the 23-year-old suffered an injury in pre-season before winning a place in late September. His run in the team lasted just 10 games (and 12 goals conceded) as he was dropped amid immense criticism.

Alex Manninger – A double winner with Arsenal in 1997/98, the veteran didn’t play in a single competitive game for Liverpool.