29 Apr 2016

'He'll Play': Klopp confirms 'brilliant' international youngster will 'probably' replace £60k-a-week Liverpool star for Swansea

After Thursday's disappointing 1-0 defeat at Villareal, Liverpool are expected to rest players on Sunday in preparation for the vital second-leg at Anfield, and according to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, Danny Ward will 'probably' replace Simon Mignolet^.

In his pre-match press conference today, Klopp praised Ward for his recent debut against Bournemouth (after which he described him as 'brilliant'), and then confirmed:

“It is likely he [Ward] will play at Swansea. He will certainly get another game before the end of the season because of the intensity of our schedule. Yes, probably [he will play].”.

The Makeshift team Klopp put out against Bournemouth did the club proud, and Ward, especially, seemed composed and assured on his first Premier league start, and after the game, he enthused:

"It was all about the three points. I'm disappointed not to get a clean sheet but that's football - it can change in an instant."

Since his January recall from Aberdeen, Ward has made just one appearance for Liverpool, which seems odd considering the heavy fixture schedule over the last four months.

Well, it now transpires that Ward has clause in his contract that triggers a 'cash bonus' for Wrexham (his former club) when he features for Liverpool in the Premier League. Could it be that Liverpool held Ward back for so long in a bid to delay having to pay this cash bonus?

Perish the thought!

Things may look rosy for Ward right now, but in my view, it's a false dawn. There's arguably no chance of Klopp selecting him as the club's number, and if Liverpool sign another half-decent 'keeper this summer (Timo Horn, for example), then Ward will inevitably slip to third-choice, which means no game time unless Mignolet and the new 'keeper are injured (i.e. never).

Unless he wants to rot away in the reserves for the next 3 years, with occasional appearances on the bench, Ward - who is 23 next month - should just quit Anfield this summer and go to a team where he can play regular first-team football.

^ Reportedly on £60k-a-week

Author: Jaimie K


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