Danny Ward believes the three-man battle for Liverpool FC’s number one goalkeeper spot will only bring the best out of each of them.
Danny Ward is looking forward to the competition for a place provided by Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet for the Liverpool number one spot during the upcoming 2017/18 season.
The 24-year old spent last season on loan at Huddersfield Town and enjoyed a successful campaign as his penalty shootout heroics in the play-offs saw Wagner’s men promoted to the Premier League. It was felt that Welshman may be loaned back to Huddersfield once again this season, or even allowed to go permanently, but it seems Ward has done enough to convince Klopp to give him another chance at Liverpool.
Ward however, is insistent that he’s focussing on the team over his own personal aspirations.
“That’s the whole point,” he said of the competition. “The more ‘keepers we have got with quality, the better. The manager has talked about us having competition between us, which can only be healthy for the squad in general.”
“That’s our aim every day – to push each other as far as we can because we want Liverpool to have the best goalkeeper that we can potentially give them. The manager knows the three boys are more than capable. It’s a fight for the No.1, but we’ll be helping each other along the way.”
Ward was encouraged by the manager’s recent kind words and confirmation that there will be no guarantees for any of the goalkeepers this season.
“It shows he’s got faith in what I can bring to the squad,” says the Welshman, who was afforded his senior debut under Klopp back in April 2016.
Ward is hoping the experience he gathered as Huddersfield Town’s number one will put him in good stead when called upon this campaign.
“It was a crazy 12 months really, an unbelievable experience,” Ward said. “I went there to go and play some games, and obviously we had the fairytale ending, which was a fantastic experience that I’ll definitely never forget.”
“It gives you that reassurance, playing on the big stages as well. The schedule of fixtures is a lot more hectic than it would be in the Premier League. Experience-wise, it was unbelievable. Hopefully that’ll hold me in good stead for what’s to come in the future.”