Liverpool are set to reward goalkeeper Danny Ward with a five-year contract extension, writes Joe Bernstein in the Daily Mail.
The 23-year-old will sign his new deal before moving to Championship side Huddersfield on loan for the season, according to the report.
Huddersfield are managed by David Wagner, a very close friend of Jurgen Klopp – and it’s clear the Germans’ relationship played a part in the deal getting done.
Ward impressed on loan at Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League last term, and did well when recalled and selected by Klopp towards the end of the season as well.
With Loris Karius purchased to give Simon Mignolet direct competition though, Ward’s chances of minutes at Liverpool this campaign would be slim, so a temporary switch to Huddersfield makes sense.
His new deal proves Liverpool have high hopes for him, and indicates that even if the keeper doesn’t have a future as our no.1, we’d get a decent sell-on price for him.
23 is very young for a stopper though, so he has plenty of time to improve and make the grade in the coming seasons.