By North-west correspondent Tony Hughes
Danny Ward is closing in on a summer loan move to Huddersfield, according to a report.
Tuttomercatoweb claim the 22-year-old will spend next season with the Championship club, who are managed by Jurgen Klopp’s close friend and fellow German David Wagner.
Ward, who joined Liverpool from Wrexham in 2012, has established himself as the deputy to Simon Mignolet since being recalled from a successful loan spell at Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen in the January transfer window.
The young goalkeeper has risen above Adam Bogdan in the pecking order to make two first-team appearances. He made his debut in the 2-1 win at Bournemouth last month and kept goal in Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Swansea.
Ward was also handed his first international cap for Wales in March’s draw against Northern Ireland.
Nevertheless, sources have told Football Insider that Liverpool will listen to offers for Bogdan in the summer and bring in a proven keeper to compete with Mignolet for the No1 spot.
This means Ward is likely to go out on loan, with Italian transfer site Tuttomercatoweb claiming the youngster will move to the John Smith’s Stadium on a season-long loan this summer.
Huddersfield are in the market for two new keepers ahead of next term, with Jed Steer due to return to Aston Villa at the conclusion of his own loan spell and Joe Murphy potentially unavailable until October after surgery.
Given the close relationship that exists between Wagner and Klopp well-known, it would make sense for the Liverpool manager to want Ward to be playing under a coach that he trusts.
Speaking after his Premier League bow against Bournemouth, Klopp said: “Danny Ward was brilliant.”
In other Liverpool transfer news, Steve Nicol has named the striker who will replace Christian Benteke at Anfield next season.