Young Welsh goalkeeper Danny Ward is doing excellently on loan at Aberdeen in the SPL, and Jurgen Klopp has told him to carry on doing what he’s doing, the Echo reports.
Ward arrived at Liverpool as a highly rated youngster from Wrexham in 2012, and despite making the full Welsh squad on more than one occasion, has yet to make an appearance for us.
But Klopp is aware of his talents, and brought the 22-year-old down to Melwood to train over the international break.
“I went down and had a couple days training just after the international break when the gaffer was kind enough to give me a few days off, just to keep my face in and as an introduction, really,” Ward claimed.
“He said just keep doing what you’re doing up there and to impress and do well for Aberdeen.
“I think he’s [met and talked] with all the loan players, all the young lads who are out on loan at different clubs in various countries – which is encouraging as a young player.
“You know he’s always going to have people looking at you.
“The most important thing for me was to come up here and get games at a very good level.
“Thankfully a big club like Aberdeen took a punt on me because not a lot of people knew a lot about me, especially up in this part of the world.
“The exposure up in Scotland has been excellent for me.
“Hopefully I can keep putting in performances on the pitch and doing well for this club, and if that means I do well at Liverpool then great.”
Of all our players currently out on loan, Ward is perhaps shining the most, with more high profile names like Lazar Markovic and Mario Balotelli injured until Christmas.
Ward stands at 6 ft. 4″, and has all the attributes to eventually develop into a Premier League standard keeper.
If he continues to impress in Scotland, as Klopp’s encouraged him to, he has every chance to return in the summer to play a role in our pre-season tour. Liverpool are eyeing up a number of German stoppers, but will be keeping tabs on Ward’s progress as well.
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