We feel pretty sorry for Danny Ward.
He was the best keeper in the Championship last season and his performances in the Play-Offs especially saw Huddersfield promoted.
Naturally, David Wagner wanted him back for the Premier League campaign, but Jurgen Klopp refused – claiming he wanted three keepers fighting for the spot between Liverpool’s sticks.
But Ward has played just one game in the League Cup, which we lost, and doesn’t make the bench in the Premier League and Champions League because of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.
He’s currently injured, but has admitted ‘missing’ football.
Ward told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner that it is “difficult to watch from the side.”
“The situation is what it is. I obviously miss playing but it’s just a case of sink or swim.
“You either accept it and let things start to dwindle, or you back yourself, train as hard as you can and try to improve yourself to ultimately be in the team at the end of the week.
“It’s a mentality thing—it’s difficult to watch from the side but it’s football, and sometimes you just have to swallow it.”
The decision by Klopp not to allow Ward another season with Huddersfield, where we could have truly seen whether he’s cut out for Liverpool, still seems strange to us.
He’s a 24-year-old stopper with caps for Wales, but is being restricted to Under-23 football.
We can only see this stunting Ward’s progress, as he won’t get another first-team appearance until the FA Cup in January.