By Matt Bullin
David Wagner has confirmed that Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward has returned to the club after a loan spell at Huddersfield.
The Welsh shot-stopper spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan with the Terriers, and he played a crucial role in their promotion to the Premier League.
However he is after all a Liverpool player and Wagner has revealed that Jurgen Klopp has emphatically decided that his future lie at Anfield.
“Jurgen made decision that Danny [is] coming back to Liverpool,” said the Huddersfield boss, as quoted by Yorkshire Post journalist Leon Wobschall on his personal Twitter account on Friday.
Re Danny Ward, Wagner: 'Jurgen made decision that Danny coming back to Liverpool.' Won't be coming back #htafc
— leon wobschall (@LeonWobYP) June 30, 2017
The 24-year-old goalkeeper was a mainstay between the sticks for Huddersfield last term, making 46 appearances across all competitions.
Premier League manager Wagner’s admission comes after ESPN reported in June that the Reds had denied an approach from the Terriers to sign Ward on a permanent deal.
Ward has been capped by Wales on three occasions, but he has not featured since the opening game of his nation’s 2016 European Championships campaign.
Football Insider verdict
Wagner’s confirmation that Ward will return to Merseyside is a massive blow to the Terriers, as he had become a key player for the club during his 11-month spell in Yorkshire. It could also be a signal of Reds manager Jurgen Klopp’s intentions, because if he wants the 24-year-old at Anfield this summer – a chance in the first team might beckon next term. Simon Mignolet looked to cement his position as Liverpool’s number one goalkeeper last campaign, but Klopp may want Ward and Loris Karius to challenge him for the spot in pre-season. However another loan deal could be on the cards if assurances aren’t made about his future.
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