By Derek Smithson
Liverpool have turned down an approach from Huddersfield for goalkeeper Danny Ward, according to a report.
ESPN claim that the Terries enquired about a permanent transfer for the 23-year-old, but were told in emphatic fashion that he is not for sale.
It is understood that the Merseyside club have temporarily blocked all moves for the shot stopper and Jurgen Klopp wants him to compete for a starting position at Anfield.
The report details that the manager wants to give Ward the chance to fight for a spot during the pre-season as the club are looking to bolster their options in goal.
Ward spent last season on loan at Huddersfield and is believed to be keen on a return to the Kirklees Stadium next year to pursue regular first-team action.
The Wales international impressed as the Yorkshire club were promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their history, where they will compete directly against Liverpool.
David Wagner’s side obtained promotion via the play-offs and Ward was the hero by helping his side win penalty shoot-outs in both the semi-final and final.
Football insider verdict:
Liverpool already have Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius as senior goalkeeping options ahead of next season, but it’s unsure who will be the number one going into the new campaign. Ward has impressed during loan spells in recent years and certainly deserves his crack in the Premier League. He played a major role in Huddersfield’s success last season and perhaps a move back to the Yorkshire club on loan would be the most sensible move. It would be a huge step to become the Liverpool number one next season and there is not much point in the youngster warming the bench at Anfield. Klopp should loan out the shot stopper to Huddersfield and monitor his progress in the top flight.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Jamie Redknapp has named the Premier League defender that would be a brilliant signing for the Reds.