Liverpool 24-year-old wants Klopp crunch talks after omission from squad v Watford - report
By Abigail Withey
Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward wants to have crunch talks with manager Jurgen Klopp over his future at the club after being left out of the squad which faced Watford on Saturday, according to a recent report.
The Sun has revealed that the 24-year-old was disappointed after fellow keeper Simon Mignolet was chosen over him during the club’s unimpressive 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road during their opening game of the Premier League.
The Welsh stopper has been loaned out a number of times since moving to Anfield from Wrexham in 2012.
Ward ventured away for loan spells with clubs such as Morecambe and Aberdeen, and last season he helped former Championship side Huddersfield reach promotion to the top flight.
Despite his impressive performance at Huddersfield, Klopp still chose to pick Mignolet and Loris Karius over the Wales international.
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The newspaper claims that the Terriers tried to recruit Ward on another loan deal for their 2017/18 campaign, but their request was rejected by the Reds boss.
It is understood that the stopper doesn’t want to waste his time with the club as Klopp’s third choice keeper.
While the 24-year-old has featured in the Under 23 squad 39 times, Ward has made just two appearances in the senior squad.
His debut senior appearance was against Bournemouth in April 2016, but he hasn’t played since he was in goal during the club’s 3-1 defeat to Swansea City in one of the last Premier League games of the 2015/16 campaign.
Football Insider verdict
It appears as though Ward is incredibly eager to get some playing time at the club, but despite not featuring him in the squad his manager is still reluctant to let him go. It seems a little unfair on the 24-year-old that after he had such a successful season on loan with Huddersfield his reward is to remain out of the squad and watching two other keepers be chosen in his place. Klopp must decide quickly whether to loan him out again or to give him a chance within the senior squad again as leaving Ward in limbo could create more tension and create a repeat of the Philippe Coutinho saga where the player is unhappy but isn’t allowed to leave.
In the other Liverpool news, a BBC pundit has questioned Coutinho’s back injury after he was absent from the squad on Saturday.